Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cajun Meatloaf

Recipe from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
3 whole Bell Peppers (2 If they're Large)
2 whole Medium Onions
1 bunch(es) Celery (5-6 Ribs)
8 cloves (to 10 Cloves) Of Garlic
6 Tablespoons Butter
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire
1 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Optional: A Few Shakes Of Hot Sauce
2 cups Ketchup
½ cups Milk
1 cup (to 2 Cups) Breadcrumbs
2 pounds Of Lean Ground Beef (92% Lean)
1 pound Ground Pork
3 whole Eggs
2 Tablespoons Honey

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Chop all of the fresh vegetables (peppers, onions, celery) into a small dice and mince the garlic.
3. Over medium-high heat, melt 6 tablespoons butter.
4. Once butter begins to start browning, add the diced vegetables and garlic.
5. Add about 1 tablespoon salt.
6. After these have cooked for a few minutes add 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon nutmeg and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. If you like it hot, add a couple shakes of your favorite hot sauce.
7. Next add about ½ cup of ketchup. Continue cooking and stirring for a few more minutes.
8. Remove from heat.
9. After allowing the mixture to cool for a couple of minutes, add about ½ cup of milk. Stir until combined.
10. Next add at least 1 cup of breadcrumbs. Continue adding breadcrumbs and stirring until mixture is a nice, thick paste.
11. In a large mixing bowl place the ground beef and pork.
12. Whisk 3 eggs and add to the meat.
13. After allowing the pasty vegetable mixture to cool down a bit, begin incorporating it into the meat.
14. Keep working all of the Cajun-Vegetable mix into the meat until all is blended well.
15. Spray a sheet pan with some non-stick cooking spray.
16. Next, using your hands, form your meat mixture into a loaf on the sheet pan.
17. Make the loaf around 6-8 inches wide and about 1 ½ inches thick.
18. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together ¾ cup of ketchup with about 2 tablespoons honey.
19. Slather this sauce over the whole meatloaf.
20. Place in a 400 degree oven for about 40 minutes.

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