Cajun Meatloaf

This recipe was modifed from The Pioneer Woman and converted to gluten-free.  The result was a tangy meatloaf that will knock your socks off.  This is not your run of the mill, ordinary meatloaf.  This loaf is packed with cajun flavors that will have you thinking you have been transported down to New Orleans.  I served mine with a twice baked potato and green beans.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½  whole Bell Peppers (red, green, yellow or orange will do)
  • 1 whole Medium Onions
  • 3 ribs of Celery
  • 4-5 cloves Of Garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • Optional: A Few Shakes Of Hot Sauce
  • 1 cup Ketchup, Divided
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • ½ – 1 cup GF breadcrumbs ( I used about 3 slices of Udi’s GF bread that was frozen and crumbled in a food processor)
  • 1 pounds Of Lean Ground Beef 
  • 1/2 pound Ground Pork
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoons Honey

 Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Chop all of the fresh vegetables (peppers, onions, celery) into a small dice and mince the garlic. Over medium-high heat, melt 6 tablespoons butter. Once butter has melted, add the diced vegetables and garlic. Add about 1 teaspoon salt.

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. Next add about ½ cup of ketchup. Continue cooking and stirring for a few more minutes. Remove from heat.

After allowing the mixture to cool for a couple of minutes, add about ½ cup of milk. Stir until combined. Next add at least 1 cup of breadcrumbs. Continue adding breadcrumbs and stirring until 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 a bit, begin incorporating it into the meat. Keep working all of the Cajun-Vegetable mix into the meat until all is blended well.

Spray a sheet pan with some non-stick cooking spray. Next, using your hands, form your meat mixture into a loaf on the sheet pan. Make the loaf around 6-8 inches wide and about 1 ½ inches thick.

In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together ¾ cup of ketchup with about 2 tablespoons honey. Slather this sauce over the whole meatloaf.

Place in a 400 degree oven for about 40 minutes.

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