- 3 * 3 Bell Peppers (2 if they’re large) – I’m using a red, orange, and yellow. Any color works well.
- 2 * 2 Medium Onions
- 1 * 1 bunch of Celery (5-6 ribs)
- 8-10 * 8-10 Cloves of Garlic
- 3 * 3 Eggs
- 6 * 6 Tablespoons of Butter (Yeah baby)
- 1-2 * 1-2 cups of Breadcrumbs
- * Ground Nutmeg
- * Black Pepper
- * Cayenne Pepper
- 1/2 * 1/2 Cup of Milk (Whole is probably best…I only had 2% on hand)
- 1 * 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire
- 2 * 2 Cups of Ketchup
- 2 * 2 Tablespoons Honey
- 2 lbs of Lean Ground Beef (this is 92/8)
- 1 lb of Ground Pork
This recipe will feed about 8 large-appetited humans. Unless those humans are like the humans I know. Then it might only feed about 6 of them.
Our first step will be to dice up all of our produce into small pieces. Not quite a mince…more of a small dice. This should yield a nice pile of vegetables. Also mince up the garlic during this time. (Mine is buried under the onions in the photo.)
Next, we’re going to get those diced vegetables “encouraged” by way of 6 tablespoons of melted butter in a skillet. Yes, I said 6. We’ve got a lot of real estate we’re trying to cover here and we need them to be extra encouraged in order for this to be one tasty meatloaf. Medium-High heat would be fantastic.
Once the butter is melted and browning…
Toss in your onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic. It’s time for the aroma of our Cajun foursome to be revealed.
Add about a tablespoon of salt to our skillet friends to help with moisture extraction and seasoning.
After our aromatics have cooked for a few minutes, go ahead and add our next round of ingredients to the party.
Give it all a stir and imagine how amazing this will TASTE considering it already SMELLS this good.
This might also be a good time to add in a little extra hot sauce if you live on the dangerous side.
This option is a totally optional option.
Add in about 1/2 cup of ketchup to the mix.
After allowing this mixture to cook over a medium-high heat for a few more minutes, we’re going to remove the skillet from the heat and start cooling things down a bit. Then add in about 1/2 cup of milk.
After a quick stir, we’re going to add in around 1 cup of breadcrumbs to thicken up this mixture.
Continue adding breadcrumbs and working them into the mix until you get a nice, thick paste. I added in at least another 1/2 cup to achieve this consistency.
Plop your beef and pork into a LARGE mixing bowl to they can receive their treasure.
Beat the 3 eggs together and add them to the meat.
And a 400 degree oven will come in handy very soon.
After allowing the vegetable mixture to cool down a bit (we don’t want to cook the meat/eggs when we add it in), we can begin incorporating it.
Mix. Mix. Mix.
Keep working all of the Cajun-Veg mix into the meat until all is blended well.
Using your hands, form your meatloaf mixture into a…well…meatloaf, on a sheet pan. You could use a little non-stick spray here. We’re shooting for something around 6-8 inches wide x about 1 1/2 inches thick.
Mix together 3/4 cup of ketchup with about 2 tablespoons of honey. This will be our topper.
Slather on the sauce.
Slide this into your 400 degree oven for about 40 minutes and call your neighbors over for something swell. This is going to be good.