Cooking for a boyfriend has always been something I enjoy doing; after all, men love to eat, and I love to cook. And yes, since I’m single I haven’t been cooking much for men lately, but I’m going to assume not all of my readers are single (and sometimes bitter).
So, for the sake of this Boyfriend Recipe, let’s all pretend your boyfriend is the best boyfriend ever; he’s sweet and thoughtful, handsome, and has been known to throw you against the wall at any given moment and send you into lustful bliss…
He totally deserves a delicious meatloaf.
Almost four years ago, I was dating a man I thought I was going to marry. He lived in New Orleans and when he would come to Baton Rouge for the weekends, I would often cook a Saturday night dinner for us. He was most definitely a “Meat and Potatoes” kinda guy, so I was really amped to whip up a meatloaf.
I used Paula Deen’s recipe:
- 1 pound ground beef
- Salt & pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 8 ounces of canned diced tomatoes with juice (I got 14 ounces & used the extra on top)
- 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
For the topping, you’ll need 1/3 cup of ketchup, 2tb brown sugar, and 1tb of mustard. Because I like things a little spicy, I did add a few dashes of Tony’s, celery seed, and garlic powder.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and mix all of the meatloaf ingredients in a bowl. Add them to your baking dish and shape it into a loaf. Bake for 30 minutes, then add the topping, and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
I served this to my boyfriend alongside smashed sweet potatoes (four potatoes, smashed with a dash of soy milk, 1tb butter, 2tb brown sugar) and fresh green beans (boiled in salty water for 3 minutes, then sautéed in olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper).
If you want to change up the recipe, it’s simple:
- No red meat? Switch the ground beef to ground turkey
- Paleo? Eliminate the oats, use paleo ketchup (of course no butter or sugar on the potatoes, and swap green beans for asparagus).
Upon taking his first bite, my boyfriend looked at me and said, “Bad ass!”