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I am ready to tackle the meatloaf/mashed potatoes meal! Help!

lovessushi | Jan 22, 201007:49 PM

I want to make a "homey" meal for Valentine's day, similar to something we have eaten at an awesome local restaurant (well, not local, but in NY)-

Meatloaf with gravy
Mashed potatoes mixed with leeks

And some sort of sweet to follow.

I know there are tons of links and recipes for meatloaf - I am therefore overwhelmed by everything I've read and with literally 20 recipes in front of me, I could use some help in deciding how to even go about choosing a few to narrow it down! I am looking for something that I can make a "gravy" with - but I want to be able to cook the meatloaf in a meatloaf pan so the fat drains out. I'm not even sure how you get the gravy. Sad. Also no bacon wrapped meatloaf, and only beef - no pork or veal...but otherwise anything goes.

As for the mashed potatoes with mashed leeks...how do I do this? Cook the leeks with the potatoes? And will the leeks mash in with the potatoes or do I have to do them seperately??

The funny thing is this all has to look really easy and simple when I make it because I usually tear a tornado through the kitchen when I attempt to cook and at least for this time, I am trying to appear confident... :) I need a little help here..completely and utterly clueless!!

Thank you so much!!

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