Sunday, April 20, 2008

Last Night's Dinner: Meatloaf and Syrah

We had a very productive Saturday (planted spinach and lettuce, fertilized the lawn, re-arranged closets, made 2 loaves of bread and watched a baseball game) and we finished the day off by making a meatloaf, potatoes au gratin and drinking a nice bottle of Syrah.

The meatloaf turned out rather nicely we thought, it was a 3 to 2 mixture of ground beef and ground pork, half an onion sauteed with some garlic, an egg, ketchup, oats, Worcestershire sauce, milk and black pepper. In the past we've almost always done onion, green pepper and onion trying sauteed, raw and pured, none of which we really liked all that much. I think we finally settled on a good method with just the onion and much less that most recipes call for.

For the potatoes we were going to go with a recipe we had tried before and really enjoyed but we felt that some cheese would make these potatoes even better. We did not follow any real set recipe, just figured sliced potatoes layered with cheese, salt, pepper and garlic salt and then a little milk and melted butter in the corner should cook about as long as meatloaf. What do you know, it worked.

The wine was a bottle given to my wife by the big boss at work (the winery sent him 4 bottles for his birthday which he gave away, nice guy). The wine was a 2005 Benziger Syrah which my wife loved from her first sip till the end of the glass, I wasn't as big of a fan. I thought the wine was a little too oaky for the meal but would have gone nicely with some roast beef and rosemary potatoes.

Overall a pretty great way to finish a Saturday, even if we couldn't get the fire pit to light.
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