I was a picky eater when I was a child and meatloaf was not my favorite Sunday supper. But once I was cooking in my own kitchen, I came up with a flavorful version that my family loves.
This meatloaf has flavors from Cajun seasoning, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce. The seasonings are combined with sautéed onions and garlic, bread crumbs, ketchup and milk. You can use regular or evaporated milk.
The meat is a combination of ground beef and pork, but you can also use a combination with ground turkey. Some eggs bind everything together, and then I pat the mixture into a rectangle and bake.
Halfway through the baking time I glaze the meatloaf with a combination of ketchup, brown sugar, cider vinegar and Tabasco. The glaze is optional, and I'll often make the meatloaf unglazed because I like it better for sandwiches. For me, the best part of homemade meatloaf is definitely the meatloaf sandwiches the next day.
Serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable for a flavorful Sunday supper.
For the meatloaf:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, very finely chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic, about 2 medium cloves
11/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
1 cup fresh or dried bread crumbs
1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound ground pork
2 eggs, lightly beaten
For the glaze:
1 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce, or less, to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and Cajun seasoning and cook for a minute. Turn off the heat and add milk, ketchup, Worcestershire, Tabasco and bread crumbs.
Place beef and pork in a large bowl. Add the eggs and the onion mixture and squeeze everything together with your hands until everything is well combined.
Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Add the meatloaf mixture and pat with your hands to form a loaf. Bake for 35 minutes.
Combine the glaze ingredients and set aside.
Remove from the oven and increase heat to 400. Spread the glaze over the meatloaf, return to the oven and bake for 35 minutes.
Makes 6-8 servings.