August 24, 2009

Cajun Style Meatloaf

Cajun Monday.
 
Now, I know a lot of you really don't care for meatloaf. But I'm telling you this Cajun dish should really be named something else, cause it's about as gourmet as they get down in the Bayou.

The taste of the meatloaf is outstanding on it's own but whatever you do, don't you dare forgo the sauce made with peppers and onions. Hoooweee, dis here is good folks.

Enjoy!


Cajun Style Meatloaf
Makes 6 to 8 servings

2 tablespoons bacon renderings or butter, melted
2 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup finely chopped onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon crushed dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup buttermilk (or evaporated milk)
1 1/2 pounds ground lean beef
1 pound ground pork
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 to 2 teaspoons red pepper sauce
1 cup very fine plain bread crumbs

 Pepper Sauce for Meats:

1 tablespoon oil
1 cup diced sweet red pepper
1 cup diced sweet green pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon whole mustard seeds

Melt the grease in skillet over medium heat. Add the vegetables and cook until softened. Stir in the next 7 ingredients and cook for about a minute. Stir in ketchup, buttermilk and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Remove bay leaves.

Heat oven to 350 degree F.

Combine beef, pork, eggs and remaining ingredients in large bowl. Stir the vegetable mixture into meat mixture until well blended. Spoon mixture evenly into 9x5-inch loaf pan. Bake 70 minutes until meat thermometer inserted in center registers 160 degree F.

Meanwhile, make the pepper sauce. In large skillet over medium-high heat, add the vegetables, water and salt. Cook stirring occasionally over until very tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated and sauce is thickened, about 8 minutes.

When meatloaf is done, cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Drain off the grease and un-mold onto serving platter. Serve with the pepper sauce to the side.

3 comments :

  1. That looks amazing, I just made a meatloaf pretty similar, but haven't posted yet, I'm sitting here procrastinating reading other people's great recipes.

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  2. I love meatloaf, but only if it is saucy. This sounds yummy!

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  3. The meatloaf looks great. That was indeed a generous sharing. Thanks Chef! Find some delicious cheese recipes here.

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