Buen Provecho: Spanky Meatloaf and Cinnamon Rolls

Barbara was a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a city in Magdalena, Colombia.

Main course

This is a variation of my mom’s classic meatloaf recipe. It’s great as a leftover – reheated alone or in a meatloaf sandwich.

Suggested side dishes: baked or mashed potatoes, baked squash, Carrots Vichy.

Note: since ground pork here has no spices added, be sure to be liberal with the spices. And be inventive – use what you have in your cocina.

Spanky's Meatloaf


  • 1 pound ground beef 

  • 1 pound ground pork (I asked the butcher to grind it for me to make “cerdo molida”)
  • 1 egg 

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Optional: 1 diced apple, zucchini, or carrot (peeled and cored if it’s an apple) 
  • 1-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup grated bread, rolls (I like to use whole wheat or multi-grain) or uncooked oatmeal
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

  • 2 tsp of each: paprika, garlic powder, cumin, basil, oregano
  • ½ cup ketchup or tomato sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground meats, egg, onion, garlic, and bread or oatmeal.
  3. Add ketchup, salt, pepper and spices.
  4. Mix thoroughly – I like to use my hands to combine all ingredients thoroughly. It should be fairly mushy.
  5. Place in a bread pan or on a baking dish. It keeps its shape pretty well so no worries.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour.
  7. Serve with ketchup.



I made these for Christmas 2016 in Colombia. Delicioso!  

Cinnamon Rolls

Makes 12-15 rolls.


For the baking pan

  • ¼ cup butter and 2 tablespoons sugar


  • 1 Tablespoon yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup scalded milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups flour

For inside the rolls:

  • ¾ cup raisins, dried cranberries, and/or nuts
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

Icing (optional)

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoon hot water


  1. Prepare a 13×9 inch baking pan by greasing with ¼ cup butter and sprinkle with 2 T sugar
  2. In a large bowl dissolve the yeast in the warm water and let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Add sugar, milk, melted butter, egg and salt and blend thoroughly.
  4. Add flour and knead for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap or a wet towel and let rise until double. (I let it rise overnight.)
  6. When the yeast has doubled, punch it down and roll into a 15×9 inch rectangle.
  7. Sprinkle the rectangle with cinnamon, raisins and/or nuts
  8. Roll from the long end to form a roll.
  9. Cut into 12-15 slices, about 1 inch each
  10. Lay slices, face up into the pan.
  11. Bake 25-30 minutes in 350 degree Fahrenheit or 175 degree Celsius oven until lightly browned.
  12. When cool, prepare topping and mix until it’s a thick paste the consistency of thin pancake mix
  13. Pour or spread topping over the rolls.




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