Tuesday, February 5, 2019
PS for the meatloaf. bake 60 minutes center of the rack at 350 degrees, or until a meat thermometer in the center reads 160 degrees.
My Dad used to make something with chuck roast. Back then it wasn't so full of fat but nonetheless...
He'd buy maybe two pounds worth or so, wash it...peel a large onion, the size of an orange say, quarter it and then boil the beef and the onion in water (only) with salt and pepper too, as it cooked. Once it was cooked through in probably an hour and a half...,he would remove the meat from the kettle and shred it with his ever present fork he always used when cooking. He would put that shredded meat back into the broth it had boiled in, add a tad more of salt after tasting the broth if needed. He brought it back to a low boil on medium to lower heat, He added some thickener to the broth. Here is how HE made the thickener. He had a favorite tin measuring cup with a lid into which he would scoop some flour, maybe a scant half a cup and add water to within an inch of the top...put on the lid and shake it will mixed well. If it was too thick, he'd take a dab out and add more water and re-shake. He wanted it the consistency of a thick syrup, say.
He poured it slowly into the kettle with the gently boiling broth, beef and onion. Stirring continually. He let it cook gently until the broth was the right consistency. Slightly thickened and just right for the pan of biscuits he had made and had ready.
It was chuck roast, tender and flavored with onion and salt and pepper, slightly thickened to a perfect consistency for biscuits. Very plain. He was not a "fancy" cook. Country cooking was it and I learned anything I know from him.
My brothers and me as well, were at the table in an instant- as soon as it was ready. He would make it for Sunday lunch sometimes when we didn't have fried chicken, gravy made with pan scrapings and slightly browned, thickly sliced tomatoes on a plate that were fragrant-- they were so good. Sliced cucumbers and thinly sliced onion rings that he'd drizzled oil and cider vinegar onto and sprinkled black pepper. Scallions in a saucer, green beans with a hunk of salt pork that had been cooking for several hours (we are Southern) and a big bowl of very buttered quartered potatoes. And a layer cake.