Hayley Mansfield

Favorite meal essay

Professor. Miller

30 January 2019

Favorite Meal

Soy what is my favorite meal? Well that’s not hard at all to think about because I absolutely love food. All types of food, fast food, home cooked food, Chinese food, Italian food, Japanese food, sea food, the list could go on and on. All of these are types of great food from many different cultures around our world but when asked about what my favorite meal is something immediately popped up into my head. Prime rib, mashed potatoes, corn and biscuits. You may be thinking to yourself, well that’s just a normal meal. But for me that is not the case.

When walking into the house when prime rib is cooking it truly smells like heaven. The smell of the meat is just overpowering every other smell that was in the house before. When my favorite meal is ready I feel like a kid on Christmas day rushing out into the kitchen. I am the first one making my plate. The creamy garlic homemade mashed potatoes are the first thing to go on my plate. The rich and creamy potatoes are filled with butter, sour cream, garlic and cheese, mashed to the perfect texture. Not to creamy but not to chunky, just in the middle where you can scoop it onto the plate just like a soup of ice cream on a hot summer day. Next I’m off to the main course, prime rib. It is perfectly cut, I take a piece that is filled with color and juices. The red color catches my eye just like that big present does on Christmas day. Down on my plate it goes, the juice of the meat flows just a tad into my potatoes giving them a little extra taste. Now I’m off to the corn and biscuits, so yellow and so sweat tasting. And to top things off, the gravy proudly made by me and my grandma. This isn’t just a basic gravy, it is filled with mushrooms onions, some juice from the prime rib, spices and even my grandma’s secret ingredient. My plate is calling my name it is customized to the way I love it the most.

Family dinner has always been something very important growing up in my life from the very beginning that I could remember. Not only at my house with my brother sister and parents but as well as my grandparents with my siblings, parents, uncle and grandparents. Every Sunday my grandparents hold family dinner, even still to this day, and if you could make it then great but if not, there is always all the following Sundays. My family has always thought that we should eat together at the dinner table as much as we could because in a blink of an eye things could always change. As my grandfather always says, “you are going to miss me at the dinner table when I’m gone aren’t you”. Now he would always think of this as a joking matter because he did a lot of the cooking for holidays, birthday parties and just simply Sunday dinners and my grandma could not cook to save her life.

Every Sunday we got to suggest what we would like to eat as a big family. Homemade pasta and meat balls, chicken on the grill, rice and pork chops, stuffed peppers, “papas famous homemade mac and cheese”, pulled pork, steak and baked potatoes, at my grandparents no one would ever go hungry. My grandfather is always making one of the children’s favorite meals, but mine, well that’s an expensive one to ask for. Prime rib is not cheap that’s for sure and takes forever to cook and prepare for. My favorite meal is mostly made on holidays such as New Years, Christmas, and around Easter, just for me. My other family members get a kick out of it and enjoy it more than I can describe.

After talking to my papa about my favorite meal he had a lot to say about it. “Well of course your favorite meal that I make is the most expensive one of all”, this was the first response that he said to me after I had told him, but he would do anything for his favorite grandchild and cooking is something that he loves as well as all the family that always attends these dinners. After telling him that was not the reason why prime rib was not my favorite meal, I asked him the questions I was given. I asked why he thought that he believes that this is my favorite meal. “well I’m not quite sure my girl, I cook everything amazing so why would you just have one favorite meal of mine?”. That was a response close to what I was going for because papa always says, “I should have opened up my own restaurant, this is damn good” or “hey you know people charge big bucks for this stuff but here at papas table everything is free and hell of a lot better”.  This facetime interview was just a bragging fest for him until I began to explain to him why this was really my all-time favorite meal.

Prime rib is expensive, yes that is very true, but it has a meaning believe it or not. This is a holiday meal for my family. For the holidays, family is always there no matter what. We gather around the table and cherish the moments that we have with each other. This dish is always made on New Years day. Sitting at the table we forget all about the food and we are thankful for another year that we get to spend with each other. We go around the table and we each say something that we hope the new year will bring in for us. Whether this is a new years goal, what we are thankful for, reflecting on the past year or how we can make this new one better. Something is always said from every ones mouths, so when I think of this prime rib dish I always think about the times that we share as a family, I think about how everyone is so happy to be together sitting at the dinner table, these are the times that will never be forgotten.

Food brings together family and friends all over the world and often plays a big role in our everyday lives, but we never really think about what it actually means to us. Family is the most important thing to me and to able to share so many meals with the people I love and even help make those foods, clean up or even set the table has so much meaning to me, my favorite meal is more than just a family meal to me. It is a way of bringing happiness to the dinner table and being able to share them with the people I love the most in this world.


Favorite meal recipe

Creamy garlic mashed potatoes


  • 3 pounds of potatoes (or how many to your liking)
  • 1 ½tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 16 ounces of half and half
  • Two tablespoons of sour cream
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 6 ounces of fresh parmesan cheese


Peel the potatoes and slice in half making sure they are all about the same size, place them into a pot big enough for them to fit into and cover them with water and salt. Bring them to a boil over medium/ high heat. Cook until potatoes are soft and can poke them with a fork.
in another sauce pain heat the half and half, garlic and sour cream until fully mixed together.

Drain the potatoes from the water and place in a mixer (or use a masher what ever one you have) mash the potatoes adding in the half and half mixture. Add the parmesan last. Let sit for about 3-4 minutes before served.


Corn- I just used the simple steamed fresh frozen corn for this meal.  It can be found almost at every store.


Prime rib


  • About 1 stick of butter
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • About 4 tablespoons of salt
  • 4 tablespoons of pepper
  • 1 cup of beef flavored broth
  • In beef rib roast
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil


In a small bowl combine the butter garlic, salt and pepper and let sit until ready for the meat.

This roast is cooked in a slow cooker, spray the slow cooker with cooking spray and pour beef broth into the slow cooker. Run the oil on the roast

Place the roast into the slow cooker. Run the butter mixture all over the roast. Cover and cook on low heat for 3-6 hours or until the temperature you would like, using a meat thermometer to read the temperatures.


Rolls- For these rolls these are also very simple. These are just Sunbeam brown N serve flake rolls. For these rolls all you have to do is place them into the oven at 350 for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.





  • Half of stick of butter
  • 3 cups of beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • ½ of teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 can of mushrooms
  • 1 cup of glazed brown sugar onions


Cut the oinons, mix with brown sugar. Fill small pan with a little bit of water, place onions into the pan and cook them only until golden brown.

In another pan melt butter on medium heat, add the flower stiring for about 3 minutes until the mixture is like brown.

Mix in the beef broth, salt, pepper, mushrooms and onions. (my grandma adds her secret ingredient) place into a serving bowl.