Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dinner Tonight: Coach's Stack


Waaaaay back, almost 5 years ago, Andrew and I went to Chicago with my parents for Christmas.  (We love, love, love going to Chicago!)  While we were there, we had lunch at Mike Ditka's famous restaurant.  On the menu, was Ditka's favorite entree...the Coach's Stack.  It was meat loaf and mashed potatoes on top of cornbread with BBQ sauce and onion rings on top.  My dad ordered it and was in heaven.  So much so, that it has often be requested by my dad and Andrew for my mom or I to make ever since.  The Coach's Stack is famous at our house...and now, it can be at your house too.

I don't have time on a weeknight to make some fancy, restaurant style dinner, so what did I do?  I made it simple and I made it fast (and I made it delicious!).  I took my original Mom's Meatloaf recipe and turned them into meatballs for faster cooking.  Then instead of cornbread, I heated up Texas Toast.  As for the onion rings, I just used the crispy French's Fried Onions (you know...the kind you put on a green bean casserole) and dinner was done.  The meatballs turned out so well that I'm going to make them again and serve them over white rice.  Another night, another dinner.

In honor of Chicago...your dinner is served...

Shopping List
1 pound ground beef
1 cup Saltine cracker crumbs (that's about 12 crackers)
2 eggs, beaten
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, divided
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 cup ketchup
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon mustard
Mashed Potatoes, cooked and ready to go (homemade or store-bought)
Texas Toast or Cornbread, heated up
French's Fried Onions to garnish



Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Mix ground beef, cracker crumbs, eggs, onion, salt, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, and tomato sauce in a bowl. Form into meatballs (I made 9 of them) and line them up on a foil lined baking sheet lightly sprayed with Pam.  Bake about 18 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine remaining 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, brown sugar and mustard in a bowl. Once 18 minutes is up, top each meatball with sauce and continue baking another 5-6 minutes.

To assemble your "stack", take a piece of toast (or cornbread), top with mashed potatoes, your meatball and some fried onions.

I think the Coach would be proud.  I know my football playing husband sure was.

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5 comments:

Sarah Tucker said...

Great idea! My husband loves meatloaf, but we have it so often that this is a good way to mix it up!

Kara said...

This is a Tim Smith meal if I ever saw one! I'm printing this off and making it! Love you friend.

Sheaffer, Chris, Scout, and baby Carter said...

You sure are fancy with your food tower! I like it!

Hannah Booker said...

This was great! I made it for my dad who fits the name of the meal. He is a football coach and he loved it. You are such a good cook!

Amie said...

Oh my!! I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was to make this for my husband and I and it did not disappoint at all! I was so excited to make something that looked fancy and it was super easy. My husband ate 3 of these plus an extra meatloaf meatball. Thank you so much for this recipe I will be making it a lot I can tell already.

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