Cajun Meatloaf

This is really good! We liked the spicy kick this meatloaf had. A nice change from regular meatloaf.

1.5-2 lbs lean ground beef
1 bell pepper (any color), diced
1 whole onion, diced
2 stalks celery, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 eggs
3 tbsp butter
1-2 c bread crumbs
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 c milk
2 c ketchup
2 tbsp honey
hot sauce

Dice bell pepper, onion, and celery. In a large pan, over medium-high heat, melt 3 tbsp butter. Add diced veggies, plus 4 cloves minced garlic and about 1/2 tbsp salt. Let cook for a few minutes, then add 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, and 1/2 tsp nutmeg, pepper, and cayenne pepper, each. Depending on how hot you like it, add a few shakes of hot sauce. Next, add 1/2 c ketchup - cook and stir for a few more minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for several minutes. Then add 1/2 c milk and at least 1 cup of breadcrumbs. Stir the mixture until it's a nice, thick paste.

Place ground beef in a large bowl. Whisk 2 eggs together and add to meat. Then add the Cajun veggie mixture. With clean hands, mix everything together really well. Line a cooking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Mold meat mixture into a loaf - it should be kind of flat and wide. About 1 1/2" tall. In a small bowl, mix together 1 c ketchup and 2 tbsp honey. Slather on top of loaf. Bake at 400 degrees for 40-50 min.

Original recipe found here.

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