This recipe for Cajun Meatloaf; isn’t mom’s plain old meatloaf folks, this meatloaf is pure Cajun Mom’s comfort food kicked up several notches with Cajun Seasoning, cayenne pepper, Crystal hot sauce, a Holy Cajun Trinity, finely chopped carrots all mixed in with lean ground beef and quality ground pork, glazed to perfection with spicy ketchup then baked in a 350 degree oven till perfectly done.
I was never a big fan of meatloaf when I was a child, too blah and boring I guess. Don’t get me wrong, people rant and rave over my mom’s meatloaf. I just like a little more spice to my food.I want flavor, I want a kick, I want perfection when it comes to my favorite comfort foods.
I think a good comfort food dinner should be inspiring, fun, and delicious all wrapped into one. So, after messing around with mom’s meatloaf and incorporating some Cajun goodness I finally achieved the meatloaf I never had as a child “Cajun Meatloaf” and man was it awesome!
Below you will find my simple to follow step by step recipe for my favorite comfort food, a Cajun Meatloaf recipe that will kick your ordinary dinners with a little Cajun inspiration and love.Serve topped with Mashed potatoes or rice, top with Cajun Gravy for a fantastic Cajun Comfort Food experience tonight.
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of Cajun Seasoning
- 1/2 of a teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 of a teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- a dash of cayenne pepper
- kosher salt to own taste
- freshly ground black pepper to own taste
- 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
- 1/2 of a cup of minced celery
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
- 1/4 cup of minced onions
- 1/4 of a cup finely chopped carrots
- 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons Crystal hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 of a cup of evaporated milk
- 1 and 1/2 pounds of lean ground beef
- 1/2 pound of quality ground pork
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- Spicy ketchup to glaze Cajun Meatloaf
- 1 recipe for Cajun Gravy
Directions to make Cajun Meatloaf
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Combine Cajun seasoning, ground cumin, nutmeg, dried thyme, dried oregano, a dash of cayenne pepper, kosher salt, freshly ground pepper in a small glass bowl.
- Melt 1 tablespoon of real unsalted butter in a cast iron skillet or metal frying pan.
- Add the minced celery, finely chopped red bell pepper, minced onions, finely chopped carrots, minced garlic, Crystal hot sauce, Worcestershire and seasoning mix from above.
- Saute the veggies about 4 minutes in the cast iron skillet.
- Stir in the evaporated milk with the veggie mixture.Continue cooking for about 1- 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the cast iron skillet from the heat source and allow sautéed veggies evaporated milk to become close to room temperature.
- Once veggies have become almost room temperature, place the ground beef, pork, eggs, cooked veggies and seasoned bread crumbs in a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients thoroughly.
- Work and shape the mixture into a large loaf, place in metal baking dish.
- Glaze the top of Cajun Meatloaf with a spicy ketchup.
- Bake Cajun Meatloaf uncovered at 350 degrees for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or till done.
- Serve topped with Cajun gravy and choice side dish.
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