Monday, February 22, 2010

Make it Cheap Monday - Meatloaf Wrapped in Collard Greens

Mondays are generally pretty busy for us because I have classes for the first half of the day, run errands in the afternoon and often we'll have some sort of event to go to in the evening. Like tonight. :)

 This recipe is super easy to make and it is a good way to sneak in some of those healthy green vegetables!

Does cooking with collard greens remind anybody else of that Diversity Day episode of The Office? It's all I can think about right now.


Cook one bunch of collard greens in a large pot of boiling water for 2-3 minutes; just enough to soften them.



Combine ground turkey sausage, ground beef, mustard, worchestershire sauce, egg, pretzel crumbs, sage, paprika, salt and pepper.

If you haven't tried turkey sausage yet, you really should. It's great b/c it is much leaner than regular pork sausage and healthier for you while still having tons of flavor.



Oh, and 1/2 c. chopped purple onion.

I almost forgot that part.

Almost.


Pat the meat mixture into four mini meatloaves. Place each in the center of a collard green leaf.



Top with motzarella cheese, if you wish.

Wrap the leaf snugly around the meat, creating a little rolled up package. Repeat this by adding another layer of collard green goodness. Wrap it up again in a third leaf, if you wish...two works just fine too.

I'm all about letting you fulfill your kitchen wishes today. Like a fairy godmother...or genie.



Place the wrapped meatloaves in a greased baking dish. Top with Rotel tomatoes and more motzarella cheese.

Cover and bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes or until the meat is cooked through. You can have slightly undercooked beef but undercooking poultry could make you sick so please, pop it back in the oven if it is still pink.


Serve it up and enjoy!


It was so good I ate half mine while waiting for our veggies to finish steaming. It was a little embarressing.


Meatloaf Wrapped in Collard Greens (Printable Recipe)

Serves 4

1 bunch collard greens, stems removed (1.00)
1/2 lb. ground turkey sausage (0.65) On sale and I used a coupon so it was extra cheap!
1/2 lb. ground beef, 80/20 or 93/7 (0.85)
1 tbsp. brown mustard (0.05)
1 tbsp. worchestershire sauce (0.05)
1 egg, beaten (0.10)
1/2 c. pretzel crumbs (0.20)
1/4 tsp. ground sage (0.10)
1/2 tsp. paprika (0.05)
1/2 c. purple onion (0.30)
Salt and pepper
1-2 c. motarella cheese, grated (1.00)
1 can mexican Rotel tomatoes, drained (0.48)

Total Cost: $4.83

Boil the collard greens in a large pot for 2-3 minutes, drain.

In a large bowl, combine turkey sausage, ground beef, mustard, worchestershire sauce, egg, pretzel crumbs, sage, paprika, salt and pepper. Form into four mini meatloaves. Place one "loaf" on top of a large collard green leaf, top with a sprinkling of motzarellla cheese (cheese is optional). Wrap the leaf snugly around the meat. Place this in the center of another leaf, wrap the edges around the loaf again. Repeat with a third leaf, if you would like. Do this for each mini meatloaf.

Place meatloaves in a lightly greased baking dish. Top with Rotel tomatoes and remaining motzarella cheese. Cover and bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes or until the meat is cooked through.

2 comments:

  1. mmm, delicious and cheesy. I sometime eat a portion of my meal while waiting for the rest to cook too, don't feel bad:)

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  2. I'll have to give these a whirl. Matt is pretty opposed to meatloaf (mostly because of the name) but he might go for these ones!

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