Kate's Cuisine

Aug 05 2011

Meat Loaves with Tomato Sauce

For the sauce:

1 can whole tomatoes, with juice, crushed with hands $1.29
3 large cloves garlic, minced $0.03
1 bay leaf, dried $0.16
1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes $0.23
1 tablespoon chili powder $1.41
1 teaspoon onion salt $0.04
1 tablespoon dried basil $1.38
1 tablespoon dried oregano $0.60
1/2 teaspoon salt $0.01
1/2 teaspoon black pepper $0.01
2 teaspoons brown sugar $0.02
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar $0.05

For the loaves:
1 pound ground beef $5.69
1 tablespoon dried basil $1.38
1 tablespoon dried oregano $0.60
1 teaspoon ground mustard $0.03
1/2 teaspoon salt $0.01
1/2 teaspoon black pepper $0.01
2 cups bread crumbs, plus 1 cup $1.26
2 eggs $0.34
1/4 cup heavy cream $0.38
1/4 cup butter, melted $0.22
2 cloves garlic, minced $0.02

Total Cost    $15.17

1.) In a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat, combine all of the ingredients for the sauce and mix thoroughly. Bring to a boil, then turn heat to medium-low. Cover and continue to simmer for 30 – 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly oil 4 individual aluminum pot pie shells.

3.) Meanwhile, break eggs into a small bowl and add 1/4 cup heavy cream; beat lightly.

4.) In a large bowl, mix together: ground beef, basil, oregano, mustard, salt, pepper, 2 cloves garlic, egg and cream mixture, salt, pepper, and 2 cups of bread crumbs. Lightly mix together but do not over-mix! Scoop up a handful at a time once mixed, and place into pot pie shell; gently press down to create an even surface. Continue filling the remaining pie shells with the remaining meat.

5.) Place 1/4 cup melted butter in a small bowl and add 1 cup of bread crumbs. Stir to thoroughly combine. Place 1/4 cup of bread crumbs onto each meat loaf and spread to entirely cover meat.

6.) Place in a preheated oven and bake 30 – 40 minutes until thoroughly cooked.

7.) When loaves are finished cooking, remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before removing from pie shell. Then generously spoon tomato sauce over top.

8.) Serve and enjoy!

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