Zach plays left tackle for his high school football team, and to say that the football moms feed the team is an understatement. In fact, we serve them (along with cheerleaders and coaches) a hot meal every Thursday evening and every Friday afternoon before a game. Plus, one of us hosts an "after party" following each home (or close-by away) game, and we make sack meals for the bus ride home after every away game.
If that's not enough, the O-Line (offensive line) gets a little extra lovin'....well, since they are the big guys on the team, and they are served at one of their parents' houses each week, too. Last year, I joked with my friend, Laura (who also serves as one of our football mom "grand poo-bah's!) about how Zach fell in love with her cooking at the O-Line dinner at her house last year. She again served the same meal this year to the boys, and Zach requested it for his 17th birthday dinner. I reluctantly tried to replicate it...knowing I would do something "not exactly like Mrs. Williams'!" I followed the recipes below exactly, and I thought they came out wonderfully! Zach enjoyed his birthday meal but did tell me that Mrs. Williams' makes them better.
Well, sure...she's got a few goes at it under her belt. This was my first try! So, here's hoping that you can get it right on your first try, and if you need a taste tester, Zach will be over shortly!
O-Line Meat Loaf
2.5 lbs. Ground Beef
3/4 cup bread crumbs
2 large carrots (grated small)
1 pkg. Lipton onion soup mix
Topping: 1 cup catsup, 12 T brown sugar, 8 T mustard (This is doubled per Laura's instructions.)
Combine beef, bread crumbs, eggs, carrots and onion soup mix. Form into loaf. Mix together catsup, brown sugar and mustard to make topping. Pour topping over loaf and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or cook in crock pot for 6+ hours.
O-Line Carrot Casserole
1 lb. carrots (Laura cuts her up in slices; I used pre-shredded carrots.) Cook until tender.
1/2 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup mayonaise
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tsp. sugar
Mix together and bake approximately 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Add bread crumbs on top and 1/2 stick of melted butter. Bake 10 more minutes.
O-Line Coca-Cola Cake
1 cup Coca-Cola
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1.5 cups mini-marshmallows
Combine: Coca-Cola and buttermilk; set aside
Beat butter at low speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar; beat until blended. Add egg and vanilla; beat at low speed until blended.
Combine flour, cocoa, and soda. Add to butter mixture alternately with cola mixture; begin and end with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended.
Stir in marshmallows. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13x9inch plan. Bake at 30 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes. Pour Coca-Cola Frosting over warm cake; garnish, if desired with chopped pecans.
Frosting: 1/2 cup butter, 1/3 cup Coca-Cola, 3 T. cocoa, 1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar, 1 T. vanilla extract
Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Remove from heat; whisk in sugar and vanilla.