The other day the doorbell rang just as I had my hands deep in after-dinner dishes. The Pie answered, and I heard him speaking to someone, and then the door shut and he came back all excited to tell me that we were going to be receiving FREE MEAT!
Are you skeptical? I was a little skeptical, picturing some guy with a Radio Flyer wagon trundling around tossing steaks of unknown origin at people. But I know the Pie will never turn down a free sample of anything, especially meat.
Anyway, the next day, the Pie got a call and a lovely farmer came in and sat with us for about ten minutes and told us all about his farm in Vankleek Hill and the prospect of buying meat through Nutrafarms. He gave us a little sheet of paper with some bullet points on it and his contact information at the bottom. As he left, he handed us a free sample of about half a pound of frozen ground beef.
So to test it out, I made meat loaf. Two wee tiny meatloaves. The Pie LOVES meatloaf.
I started out by finely dicing a small onion.
I chucked that in a bowl with some garlic, 2 sprigs chopped fresh rosemary, and about 4 sprigs chopped fresh parsley, with some salt and pepper.
Then I chucked the defrosted meat into the bowl with 1 egg and stirred that around.
I bought this Brown Sauce for the Pie for Christmas and I figured now was as good a time as any to try it.
It’s got a date base, and the fruity tang I thought would balance the sharpness of the rosemary and parsley. So I added a few tablespoons brown sauce.
Then I sprayed two tiny casserole dishes and patted the meat into place.
Now all that’s left is to bake it for 30 minutes at 350ºF, then let them rest for a few minutes before eating.
We served ours with steamed broccoli and wee roasted potatoes. What a great comfort meal!