Big J’s Meatloaf & Roasted Sweet Potatoes

As a little girl, my Daddy did most of the cooking. He wasn’t a gourmet per-say, however what he made, he made well! This is one of those dishes that isn’t particularly innovative it is just a good meatloaf. Honestly I didn’t know how bad meatloaf could be until I went away to college. I am southern and my meatloaf is topped with ketchup not gravy to me gravy turns it into something like Salisbury steak or uh something I am not fond of. I hope your family will enjoy this recipe as much as mine does.

1 1/2 lbs of “meatloaf mix” (pork, beef & veal)
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 c panko breadcrumbs
1 egg
2 Tb worchestershire sauce
2 Tb ketchup
2 tsp garlic powder
s & p to taste
I like to mix this all up together and let sit in fridge for a few hrs.
Topping:
1 c ketchup
1 Tb brown sugar
1 Tb vinegar
1 Tb mustard
Bake at 375 for 60-90 mins. May want to tent with foil for first 30-45 mins and remove for last half. Enjoy!!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
peel and dice potatoes and toss with 2 T olive oil and 2 T your fav curry powder ( I like Madras which is a RED base as well as Dean & Deluca which is a YELLOW base) I also love to toss 1 T of Nigella Seeds (if you have, just adds another layer of flavor) I set oven on 375 and bake for apx 45 mins. Till fork tender. DELISH

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Pepper Jelly Pork

I made a ton of Pepper Jelly this past summer and I have been trying to think of things to do with it other than just one of the most simple and yummy cream cheese and pepper jelly with butter crackers. I found some great looking pork chops on sale and my mind starting churning. Here is what I came up with.
4 pork chops

s & p to taste
1 T olive oil
2 T butter
1 T flour
1/3 c white wine
1 c chicken broth
1/2 c pepper jelly
Season chops with s&p. Add olive oil to grill pan and cook apx 10 mins flip and cook additional 8 mins. Remove chops and add butter & flour to pan cook 2 mins add wine then broth then jelly cook 2-5 mins, add chops back to pan and allow sauce to coat chops. Enjoy!
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Pork Tenderloin

Yummy! I do love Pork Tenderloin and I whipped up this quick marinade.
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
1/4 c honey
1/4 c soy sauce
2 tsp thyme
Mix, put in gallon size plastic bag; marinate overnight. Bake at 325 for 30 min and then sear on grill or grill pan.

Ranchero Pork Tacos

This is a super easy, yummy Mexican dish. I stumbled across this last fall in i think, Womans Day? not sure and I think they used a pork roast and who knows this is how I have been making it and it is a fav! It literally will take you 5 mins to dump a few cans in the crockpot, toss in your pork tenderloin and umm, umm good!
1 lg can Enchilada Sauce (Old El Paso)
1 can diced green chilies
pork tenderloin
1 onion, sliced thin
2 limes, juiced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (I hate cilantro, J loves so I leave off mine! He says it makes the dish!~ whatever!)
Serve with: warm corn tortillas, sour cream, shredded cheese & salsa
Dump enchilada sauce and chilies in a crock pot, add pork; spoon sauce over top. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours until pork is very tender. 20 minutes before serving, toss onion slices with lime juice in a medium bowl. Let stand, 5mins. Dump into crockpot with cilantro if using let sit about 5-10mins. Serve and ENJOY!!