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Cajun Meatloaf

Ingredients :

  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 3/4 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/3 lb fresh andouille sausage (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup fine breadcrumbs
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp fresh black pepper

Directions :

Combine the first 11 ingredients in a bowl and set aside

Melt the butter in a 1-quart fry pan over medium heat

Add the onions, celery, bell pepper, green onions, garlic, Tabasco, Worcestershire, liquid smoke and seasoning mix

Sauté until mixture thickens, about 6 minutes

Stir occasionally and scrape the bottom well

Stir in milk and catsup

Continue cooking for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally

Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature

Remove bay leaves

Place the ground beef in a large mixing bowl

Add the eggs, the cooled mixture, and the breadcrumbs

Mix by hand until thoroughly combined

Put meat mixture into a 5×9″ loaf pan

Bake uncovered in a 350* oven for 25 minutes

Drain off any extra fat at this time

Raise the temperature to 400* and continue cooking until done, about 35 minutes longer

Remove from pan and let sit 5 minutes on wire rack so it will slice easier

Variation: Remove the meat from one Andouille sausage link and mix into ground beef
Remember: You can make sausage by getting ground pork from your butcher and make sausage patties.

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