#FRIDAYFOOD Some of Pepper’s Favorites

My husband was a little jealous that I didn’t ask him what his favorite comfort food was –I said I already know, it is Macaroni and Cheese, in any way, shape and form. He said, “true, but you could have asked. I might have said meatloaf.”

Now the sweet one does like meatloaf and meatloaf leftovers on a sandwich. Cold meatloaf on Wonder Bread and a thick layer of Blue Plate mayonnaise on both sides does make Pepper Sisson very happy. But, if there’s mac and cheese on the side, he may never leave the table! So, never fix it for him, unless you want him to come live with you or at least show up at every mealtime!

Apparently his wife hasn’t made meatloaf and mashed potatoes in a while, so she may need to work on that.

I LOVE this meatloaf recipe from the Bell’s Best Cookbook. (Mine has been used so much it is in about 10 pieces but I manage to keep it together with a rubber band! HA!) Just about everything I have ever tried out of that cookbook has been great! I have altered the original recipe to our tastes (because I do not like sage).

Gwen’s Meatloaf that Pepper LOVES

1 sleeve of crackers, crumbled (the original recipe says 2/3 c. of day old bread crumbs or 2 slices of toasted bread, crumbled)

1 cup of milk

½ cup or more of onions, chopped

1 ½ lb. of ground beef

½ cup of bell pepper, chopped

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp. salt

Dash of pepper (the original recipe says pepper, thyme or oregano – we like pepper)

(The original recipe said ½ tsp. of sage or poultry seasoning – but I do not add that)

(The original recipe also adds 1 Tbsp. bacon drippings – I do not have a “drippings jar”)

For the sauce:

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

¼ cup ketchup

¼ tsp nutmeg

1 tsp dry mustard

Soak the crackers or bread crumbs in the milk; add meat, eggs, onions and other seasonings. Mix well. Grease the loaf pan with bacon drippings. Form a loaf and cover with the sauce. For the sauce, combine three tablespoons (or more) of brown sugar, the ketchup, nutmeg and dry mustard. Mix well and spread over the top of the meatloaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.

Pepper also said he loved Potato Soup with my “Bacon Thingies” – I don’t know what else to call them. When it’s been a tough day, soup and bacon thingies will “make is all better.”

Bacon Thingies

½ package of Oscar Mayer Bacon bits made from real bacon

½ block of 8 oz. grated cheese (we like medium or sharp cheddar)

2 large tablespoons of mayonnaise (or to taste)

½ onion, finely chopped

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix together and place on bread. We use Wonder bread with potato soup, but it is GREAT on a thicker/heavier bread. Bake about 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

He also said his mom’s Chess Pie, would be on the list, “if anybody would ask.” Silliness! Bless his heart! When Pepper was little, his mom said he would always ask for “chest pie.”

Chess Pie

2 cups sugar

4 Tbsp. butter

4 Tbsp. flour

5 egg yolks

5 beaten egg whites

1 cup of milk

½ tsp salt

½ teaspoon of nutmeg

1 tsp. vanilla

2 unbaked pie shells

Mix sugar, butter and egg yolks. Add salt, nutmeg, vanilla and milk. Fold in beaten egg white. Bake at 350 degrees in unbaked pastry shells, for about 20 minutes or until brown. Makes two pies.

Now that Pepper has had his say, what about you? What are some of your favorite comfort foods?


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