Send comfort food meals such as meat loaf, macaroni and cheese, and banana bread all the time. We dug through our archives to find our favorite versions of classic comfort foods for you to enjoy at home. These comfort food gifts will quickly become family favorites.
1 - tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 - cup finely chopped fresh mushrooms
1/2 - cup shredded carrot (1 medium)
1/3 - cup finely chopped onion (1 small)
2 - cloves garlic, minced
2 - eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 - cup milk
3 - tablespoons ketchup
1 - tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
1 - tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 - teaspoon kosher salt
1 - cup soft bread crumbs
1 - pound ground beef chuck*
1 - pound ground beef sirloin*
1/2 - cup ketchup
1/4 - cup packed brown sugar
2 - teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, carrot, onion, and garlic; cook and stir for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. In a large bowl combine eggs, milk, the 3 tablespoons ketchup, the 1 tablespoon mustard, the Worcestershire sauce, and kosher salt. Add bread crumbs and vegetable mixture, stirring until evenly moistened.
Add ground beef; using your clean hands, mix well. Line a 3-quart rectangular baking dish with foil. Lightly pat the mixture into a 9x5-inch loaf in the prepared dish.
For glaze, in a small bowl combine the 1/2 cup ketchup, the brown sugar, and the 2 teaspoons mustard; set aside. (For a change of pace, substitute one of the glaze options below for the ketchup-brown sugar glaze.)
Bake about 1 hour or until internal temperature registers 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, spooning glaze over meat loaf for the last 25 minutes of baking.
Let the meat loaf stand for 10 minutes. Using two spatulas, transfer loaf to a serving platter; cut into eight slices.
FROM THE TEST KITCHEN
Apricot-Mustard Glaze: Stir together 1/2 cup apricot preserves and 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard. Nutrition analysis per serving: 387 calories, 26 g protein, 27 g carbohydrate, 18 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 13 g total sugar, 3% Vitamin A, 6% Vitamin C, 546 mg sodium, 7% calcium, 20% iron
Peach-Chile Glaze: Stir together 1/2 cup peach preserves, 2 teaspoons Asian chili sauce with garlic, and 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger. Nutrition analysis per serving: 383 calories, 26 g protein, 27 g carbohydrate, 18 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 13 g total sugar, 3% Vitamin A, 6% Vitamin C, 484 mg sodium, 7% calcium, 20% iron
Cranberry Glaze: Stir together 1/2 cup ketchup and 1/4 cup whole cranberry sauce. Nutrition analysis per serving: 356 calories, 26 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, 18 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 10 g total sugar, 6% Vitamin A, 7% Vitamin C, 618 mg sodium, 7% calcium, 20% iron
Strawberry Glaze: In a blender combine 1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup plum jam, 3 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon ground ancho chile peppers, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cover and blend until smooth. In a small saucepan heat strawberry mixture until boiling; boil gently for 10 minutes. Cool slightly before spooning over meat loaf. Nutrition analysis per serving: 391 calories, 26 g protein, 29 g carbohydrate, 18 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 14 g total sugar, 3% Vitamin A, 25% Vitamin C, 536 mg sodium, 7% calcium, 21% iron
If you like, substitute 8 ounces bulk sweet Italian sausage, uncooked ground turkey, or ground pork for 8 ounces of the ground beef.
NUTRITION FACTS (Best Meat Loaf)
Per serving: 369 kcal , 18 g fat (6 g sat. fat , 2 g polyunsaturated fat , 7 g monounsaturated fat ), 123 mg chol. , 649 mg sodium , 24 g carb. , 1 g fiber , 13 g sugar , 26 g pro.