Friday, July 1, 2011

Grandma's Meatloaf

This is my Grandma's recipe that's been passed down to me. I grew up eating this meatloaf and it has (if possible) grown more and more delicious over the years! It's my 2-year-old's favorite meal and he frequently eats as much of it as me in one sitting! I've made a few variations from the original, including using turkey instead of beef and losing the green bell peppers according to my family's taste. I fully expect people to play with it for their own diners. :) Have fun and enjoy!

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 16 saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs black pepper
  • 3 Tbs garlic powder
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 3 Tbs brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine turkey, eggs, onion, crackers, Worcestershire, and seasonings in a large bowl.
  3. Mix ingredients with hands until well-blended.
  4. Press into a 9" x 9" or 9" x 13" (or anything in between).
  5. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, combine ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
  7. Reset oven to 375 degrees.
  8. Spoon off fat/oil.
  9. Spread ketchup mixture over top.
  10. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.
  11. Slice and serve.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ube Haupia Pie

My husband is Hawaiian and showed me the wonders of haupia a few years ago so when we found this recipe, we just had to try it. Its vivid colors and smooth textures are mouth-watering and delicious. This dish ALWAYS goes over well.  Enjoy :)
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbs sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1-2 cups macadamia nutsPre-heat oven to 350 F.
  1. In a food processor, combine butter, sugar, and flour until crumbly.
  2. Add macadamia nuts and pulse-chop until dough forms into a ball
  3. Press dough into a 9'x13' pan.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  5. Set aside.

Ube layer:
  • 2 cups shredded ube*
  • 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

  1. Whip shredded ube
  2. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time.
  4. Add half and half, vanilla, and salt.
  5. Add the shredded ube back into the butter mixture.
  6. Continue to mix until well-combined.
  7. Pour onto crust and spread evenly.
  8. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

*You should be able to find this ingredient at any Asian food market.  We found ours in the frozen section.  Okinawan sweet potatoes may be substituted.

Haupia layer:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 3 cups (24 oz) coconut milk
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and cornstarch.
  2. Stir in lukewarm water until sugar and corn starch are completely dissolved.
  3. In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat coconut milk on high until warmed through, stirring constantly
  4. Slowly add water/sugar/cornstarch mixture into coconut milk.
  5. Continue to stir and heat until mixture is thickened to pudding consistency.
  6. Pour over Ube layer.
  7. Refrigerate for 4-5 hours or overnight before serving.