The Severe Weather Emergency Shelter in the Winter Months—During the winter months, St. Paul’s cooks prepare food for the Severe Weather Emergency Shelter for the homeless in downtown Pittsburgh. We provide a hot meal of meat loaf, a starch such as rice pilaf, Spanish rice, macaroni and cheese, or a potato casserole, and Cole slaw. Due to a change in the SWES mission, St. Paul's now needs to provide 150 meals, rather than being on call as in previous years. The dates for this winter are Wednesday, November 29, Thursday, December 14, Wednesday, December 27, Wednesday, January 24, Wednesday, February 7, and Wednesday, March 7. The SWES is now open every night until March 15. Organizations within St. Paul's are invited to participate in a Loaf Day, in which members might bring ingredients and gather in the kitchen to cook. The meat loaves should be baked, and wrapped whole, not sliced, in foil, labeled and placed in the freezer at St. Paul's. Recipe for the meat loaf for SWES is below. Volunteers are still needed to help make the side dishes and slice the meatloaves, and to drive to the city to deliver the food. Please consider contributing to these meals for the needy. Any questions, please contact Pat Stafford ([email protected]).
No-fuss Meat Loaf (serves 8-10)
3 eggs, large
½ cup water (tomato sauce is good, too)
1 (6oz) package of instant stuffing mix, herb-style (such as Stove Top)—Stuffing mix can be any type, but if using low-salt version, add 1tsp salt. Or substitute dry bread crumbs (about 1 cup and 2 tsp of mixed seasonings such as Italian or Montreal Steak Seasoning).
½ cup each diced or grated carrot and onion
1 large clove of garlic, pressed or minced
¼ tsp ground pepper
2 1/2 pounds ground beef (lean, but not super-lean)
(optional) Ketchup or barbecue sauce
In a large bowl, beat eggs and water. Add stuffing mix, crushing crumbs somewhat, and contents of seasoning packet (if present); mix well. Add diced vegetables, garlic, pepper, salt (if using, see Note below), and beef, mix well. Press into an ungreased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Top with ketchup or barbecue sauce. Bake uncovered, 350 degrees for 1¼-1½ hours, until no pink remains, or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Alternately, form the mixture into a loaf and place on a baking sheet.