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Time-Saving Tips Help Keep Cooking Simple (NAPSA) - Families are increasingly looking for ways to make their lives hassle-free. Finding the time and energy to prepare and clean up from a family dinner can be almost overwhelming with today's hectic lifestyle. Every step that eases the burden makes a big difference.
"You want to set up your kitchen and pantry so that when you get home at the end of the day, it's as easy to whip up dinner as it would be to call for takeout," explains Alton Brown, author of best-selling cookbook I'm Just Here For the Food. "That means paying attention to details, from carefully choosing the tools you use, to how you stock your freezer, right down to the kind of ketchup bottle you buy. You want the entire operation to be streamlined and hassle-free."
Brown offers these simple steps to help take the hassle out of mealtime:
Keep it simple
To help you get started, Brown offers this easy recipe:
Heat oven to 325 F.
In a food processor bowl, combine croutons, black pepper, cumin and dry Italian herbs. Pulse until the mixture reaches the consistency of coarse crumbs. Move to a large bowl. Combine the onion, garlic and red pepper in the food processor bowl and pulse until finely chopped. Add to the crumbs along with the meat, egg, mustard and salt. Mix with clean hands, but avoid squeezing.
If desired, pinch off an ounce or so of the mixture and cook it in a pan on the stovetop over medium heat, hamburger style. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.
Line a loaf pan with wax paper so that several inches hang over the long sides, then pack in the mixture. Turn the meatloaf out of the pan onto the center of a parchment-lined sheet pan or jelly roll pan and peel off the wax paper. (A cookie sheet will work, too, as long as it has a lip all the way around to catch any rendered fat.) Precook for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile combine the ketchup, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce and honey in a small bowl. After 15 minutes, remove the meatloaf and liberally brush on the glaze. Return to the oven and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of the loaf registers 160 F (45 minutes to an hour).
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour
Serving Size: Yields 8 servings
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