Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Harvest on Wednesday, Then Dinner

86 F degrees today. So I picked the last of my "White Cloud" Cauliflower before it bolted.

From the Cauliflower moving in a clockwise direction, we have Basil, Radish, Pole Beans, sprigs of German Thyme, Broccoli, a purple Carnival Pepper with an Early Girl Tomato and a Hot Banana Pepper

What's for dinner? Individual cheesy meatloaves, with red potato wedges and steamed garden veggies. This is not a weight-watchers recipe, but gratifyingly meaty, tasty and cheesy.

2lb ground beef or poultry
2 cups of shredded cheese - 1 cup mixed in with meat, 1 cup set aside
1/4 cup dried romano/parmesan cheese
snips of the german thyme and a few snipped leaves of basil
1 beaten egg
1 cup of breadcrumbs
lots of black pepper
2 - 4 tablespoons of water, enough to make the meat "dough" supple

Handling the meat as little as possible, incorporate all the ingredients into the meat, cover and let sit in the fridge for an hour.

Shape the meat into patty "boats" - the patty has to have a slight indentation - see bottom right, in order to hold the remainder 1 cup of cheese (divided between 4). I used mozzarella. Now dab water around the perimeter and put a thin "lid" on the "boat".

Cover any cracks in the meat wall by using water to get as tight a seal as possible, otherwise the cheese leaks out.

Put in a 350 F oven - middle rack - for an hour.
Steam your potato wedges, and when softened remove to separate dish and mash.

Use about 1/2 cup of that water to steam a few sprigs of thyme, now add the cauliflower, broccoli, sliced radish, sliced tomato, Carnival pepper and the pole beans. I didn't use the hot banana pepper. Add any other veggies you have on hand - mushrooms, sliced squash etc. - and use 2 teaspoons of olive oil to mix.
Steam about 15 minutes, with the lid on.

I added some blueberries to the last few minutes of the steamed vegetables. Pick the thyme stems out before serving.

The cheese inside the meatloaves still leaked out a bit, so I just topped it on top of the meatloaf.

Very delicious!

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