Friday, August 2, 2013

Cajun Meat Loaf + Cool Tomato Salsa

Cajun Meat Loaf

1 tablespoon canola oil
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons minced jalapeño pepper
2 tablespoons minced sun-fried tomatoes
1/4 cup drained capers
1/3 cup tomato paste
3 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 pound lean ground beef
**1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup skim milk
Cool Tomato Salsa
** Lemon

1. Preheat the oven to 350°
 2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until soft, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
3. Add the jalapeño pepper, tomatoes, capers, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne to the onion mixture( this is where I add the lemon juice), and mix thoroughly. Add the ground beef and turkey(if you add turkey) bread crumbs, and skim milk, and combine throughly.
4. Place the meat loaf in a 9 x 4-1/2 x 2-1/2 inch bread pan. Place in the oven and bake for 1-1/2 hours, until crusty- brown on top. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Serve with salsa.

Cool Tomato Salsa

1-1/2 cups finely diced or chopped plum tomatoes
1/2 cup finely diced white onion
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar

Place all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside for 1 hour to let the flavors meld.

 The ingredients.

I adore this garlic peeler. It does work!
Just put the garlic inside, roll it around and viola!
It removes the skin of the garlic - Cut off the ends, chop it like you wish. 

Onions & garlic simmering in the pan. 

Capers, green peppers & dry ingredients.

Folding in the onions and garlic.

This is what it looks like before it goes in the oven. 

Finishing touch with a little bit of cilantro.

The cool tomato salsa is great also. 

No kidding this is the best meat loaf, and I don't even like meat loaf.
I love it, my children love it, Janet loves it!

Tell me, dear readers, what is your favorite meat loaf recipe?
I'd love to hear if you like it.



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  1. Meatloaf is one of my favorite comfort foods. And yours looks soooooo yummy and hearty, Peggy! Seriously, you should write a cook book.
    Happy August!
    x Loi

    1. I love meatloaf also. Loi, you are so kind to leave that comment. enjoy

  2. Peggy, this looks soooo delicious. I'm printing this out for a great fall dinner.

    Thanks so much for sharing this.

    xo, M-T

    1. hope you enjoy this + Thanks for leaving a comment. love peggy

  3. Peggy!
    This recipe looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!
    I hope you don't mind if I pin it to my "weekend special" and "for Whistler" boards!
    Have a great weekend!

  4. Hello Pegy

    This looks delicious. I will put it on my Fall menu.
    thanks for sharing your favourite meal

    Helen x

    1. hello helen, enjoy the meatloaf. it is yummy! love peggy

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