The Pioneer Woman's Cajun Meat Loaf from
- 3 whole Bell Peppers (2 If They're Large)
- 2 whole Medium Onions
- 1 bunch Celery (5-6 Ribs)
- 8 cloves (to 10 Cloves) Of Garlic
- 6 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- A Few Shakes Of Hot Sauce (optional)
- 2 cups Ketchup, Divided
- 1/2 cup Whole Milk
- 1 cup (to 2 Cups) Breadcrumbs
- 2 pounds Lean Ground Beef (92% Lean)
- 1 pound Ground Pork
- 3 whole Eggs
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
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 begins to start browning, 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.