Monday, November 5, 2012

Cajun Meatloaf

I recently purchased a cookbook from our women's group at church and it has not disappointed.  One of the recipes inspired me to create this version of meatloaf and it is delicious.

There's something about meatloaf that brings back wonderful childhood memories, but I can never make meatloaf like my mom's.  Perhaps it's due to the fact that no measuring is involved.

This meatloaf has some of the traditional ingredients my mom uses, but with a bit of a Cajun twist.

Just think of a gumbo:  sauteed veggies, tomato, Cajun seasoning, but it all comes together as a meatloaf instead.

I did discover that meatloaf is not photogenic.  Maybe it has something to do with my beginner level photography skills, but the photographs of the final product do not do the taste justice.

If you're looking for a new twist to your mom's meatloaf, this is the recipe for you.  Serve it up with some mashed potatoes and veggies, or even some macaroni and cheese and you'll be feeling the comforts of home within minutes.

Cajun Meatloaf

2 T butter
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup diced green pepper
1 1/2 Tablespoons blackened cajun seasoning {mine was purchased at Fresh Market, but I'm sure any brand would do}
1/2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup ketchup
1 pound ground beef
1 egg
1/2 cup rolled oats

Glaze Topping:
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 350F.  Place butter in a medium sized skillet and melt over medium heat.  Add onion and pepper and saute until tender.  Add all the seasonings and cook for about 5 minutes.  Stir in the milk and ketchup; cook for about 2 minutes.  Remove the bay leaf.  Let cool slightly.

In a large mixing bowl, mix cooked sauce mixture, ground beef, egg and oats.  Stir to combine.  Form into a loaf and place in a greased baking dish.  Bake for one hour.

In a small bowl combine ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce to form a glaze topping.  Spread on top of baked meatloaf.  Place under the broiler for about 5 minutes, until bubbly.

source: adapted from A Taste of Redeemer cookbook


  1. Lauren,
    Your mom gave me the link to your blog and I loved reading it! I am looking forward to trying out some of your recipes. I hope you are off to a great week and thanks for sharing! - Joy

  2. Ever since you posted a sneak peek of this I have been waiting for the recipe! I love trying different kinds of meatloaf (such a comfort food! but so NOT photogenic!), and I think Caleb would like the Cajun flare of this one. P.S. I'll try calling you again tomorrow!

  3. Wow, Lauren...this looks wonderful, and I will be giving it a go!

  4. Hi! Do you have a suggestion for a milk substitute?

  5. This was AhMaZiNg ! I normally don't even like meatloaf, but was limited on thawed options for dinner. Very tasty, easy recipe. Will save and make many times. If you are not a meatloaf fan.... you will be now. Thanks for sharing this one. Delicious !

  6. This was delicious! I will definitely add this to our weekly mean plans!

  7. I made this before, and I'm making it again tonight, it's crazy tasty I love it. And it has a nice texture too..awesome recipe, thanks.

  8. Just made this and it turned out amazing! Very good flavors! Even our 2 year old loved it! We will definitely be making this again soon! Thanks for a great recipe!

  9. made this tonight.. it is now our favorite.. thank you for the recipe

  10. I made this for my cajun hubby but I tried to made it more cajun by including chopped okra and adding cooked rice in place of the oatmeal to make a gumbo type meatloaf. It was deeelish!

  11. So making this right now. Im so excited. Way vamped up the flavor of my mama's recipe!

  12. Made this tonight for dinner. It was full of flavor and had a great texture. The whole family loved it! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!


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