(Almost) Every night I make dinner and sometimes, sometimes I get sick of the old stand-bys. So, when I found a new Rachel Ray magazine hiding in the darkness of the mailbox, I got excited. Eagerly, I scanned the pages for a recipe; a recipe that was just different enough to be "fancy", yet comforting enough to please even the pickiest of 5 and 8 year-old palates.
There they were...on page 92, a series of dishes that "stack" favorite dinnertime duos, thus bringing them to a "whole new level". Meat and Potato Loaf, a satisfying supper of meatloaf topped with scalloped potatos, seemed like the one to try first. My boys like meatloaf, and at least one of them likes potatos. Besides, what is that old adage about introducing a food to babies? You have to introduce them to a food at least 14 times before you surrender to their picky palate? Now, I don't have babies, but there must be some equivalent mantra for school-age children.
So, here we have it, my stacked meat and potato loaf on a bed of spinach pesto. The meatloaf has finely chopped bits of carrot and zucchini; Rachel's version has carrots and beets, but I thought zucchini would be slightly more discreet than beets. In the end, as it turns out, this was not the hit I'd hoped it would be.
Naturally, I didn't expect a bed of green pesto to hit it off with the younger set, so I left it off their plates. Questions regarding the orange flecks in the meatloaf, gave way to, "Do I have to eat the potatos?" and finally, "Could I be done?" with half their serving still remaining.
After spending a couple of hours on a Saturday preparing a meal that is at best, tolerated is disappointing, but I will not throw in the kitchen towel. The way I figure it, I've got another 13 more times to try; maybe not this recipe, but another that is equally adventurous.