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Cheesecake Factory Meatloaf


This copycat recipe for Cheesecake Factory Meatloaf includes red and green bell pepper, carrot, onion, garlic, ground sirloin and pork, and mushroom gravy.

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  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons green bell pepper, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red bell pepper, minced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 ⁄3 cup carrot, shredded and minced
  • 5 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon minced Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed (ground) sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 (14-ounce) can beef broth
  • 1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian parsley, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed (ground) sage


Servings 4
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 175mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Heat up 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium sauté pan over medium/low heat. Sweat (slowly sauté) the minced green and red bell pepper in the oil for 5 minutes. Add the minced onion, carrot and garlic and cook for an additional 5 minutes. You just want the veggies to soften, not to get browned.

Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add the ground beef, pork, sautéed vegetables, and remaining ingredients except for breadcrumbs. Mix well with your hands until everything is combined, then work in the bread crumbs a little bit at a time. Press meatloaf into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. Remove meatloaf from the oven and cool for 30 minutes. If you cut the meatloaf now a lot the juices will run out, so give it a rest before diving in.

As meatloaf rests, make grilled onions by melting butter in a medium sauté pan over medium/low heat. Add onions, salt, and pepper and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring often, until onions are light brown.

Make gravy by melting butter over medium/low heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Whisk in flour and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until mixture begins to turn light brown. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until sauce is thick.

To prepare meatloaf for serving, preheat broiler to high. Remove meatloaf from the loaf pan and slice it into nine 1-inch thick slices. Arrange slices to be served on a baking sheet and place under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes, until hot. Place slices of meatloaf on serving plate, spoon gravy over the meatloaf and then top with grilled onions.

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