Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Cajun Meatloaf

This meatloaf, courtesy of The Pioneer Woman, was the best meatloaf I have ever made.  The flavor of it was amazing!  This recipe makes a really huge meatloaf, so I recommend cutting it in half, unless you are going to be feeding a very large number of people.  I will also add that meatloaf leftovers make awesome meatloaf sandwiches (which is really why I like to make meatloaf in the first place).



Ingredients:

2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
3 bell peppers
2 medium onions
1 bunch of celery (5-6 ribs)
8-10 cloves of garlic
3 eggs
6 Tbs. butter
1-2 cups breadcrumbs
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire
1/2 cup milk (whole)
2 cups ketchup
2 T honey
optional: few shakes of hot sauce

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Chop all of the fresh vegetables (peppers, onion, celery) into a small dice and mince the garlic.  Over medium-high heat, melt the 6 Tbsp. butter.  Once the butter begins to start browning, add the diced vegetables and garlic.   Add about 1 Tbsp. salt.  After these have cooked for a few minutes, add 1 Tbsp Worcestershire, 1 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. cayenne pepper, and 1 tsp. nutmeg.  If you like it hot, add a couple of shakes of your favorite hot sauce.  Next add 1/2 cup ketchup.  Continue cooking and stirring for a few more minutes.  Remove from heat.

After allowing the mixture to cool for a few minutes, add a 1/2 cup of milk.  Stir until combined.  Next add at least one cup of bread crumbs.  Continue adding bread crumbs and stirring until the mixture is a nice, thick paste.  In a large mixing bowl, place the ground beef and pork.  Whisk 3 eggs and add to the meat.  After allowing the pasty vegetable mixture to cool down for a few minutes, begin incorporating it into the meat.  Keep working all of the Cajun-veg mixture into the meat until all is well blended.

Spray a sheet pan with some non-stick cooking spray.  Next, using your hands, form the meat mixture into a loaf on the sheet pan.  Make the loaf around 6-8 inches wide and about 1 1/2 inches thick.  In a small bowl or measuring cup mix together 3/4 cup ketchup with 2 Tbsp. honey.  Slather the sauce over the top of the whole meatloaf.

Place in a 400 degree oven for about 40 minutes.

2 comments:

  1. Meatloaf isn't my favorite, but this looks delish!

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  2. Yeah, those meatloaf sammies where the best!

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