Next level meatloaf
Meatloaf is a pretty common staple for lots of family dinner rotations. I don’t make it too often, maybe once a month. It was starting to get a little boring for my family so I decided to try and kick it up a notch and hopefully make it a little bit healthier and have some different flavors. This is one of those recipes where you can hide veggies in it. I wrote about how to hide veggies for picky kids a while ago and I’ll add the link a bit later.
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This is an easy recipe and pretty quick to put together, so it’s good for busy evenings. It’s also quick enough to through together after work. I like to serve it with smashed potatoes and broccoli with cheese.
- 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
- 4 large sausages (we like the honey garlic ones from Costco)
- 1/3 cup real bacon bits
- 1 small onion
- 2 eggs
- 1 – 1 1/2 cup veggie puree ( http://happyandhandcrafted.com/easy-way-to-hide-vegetables/ )
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning or Mrs. Dash (or what you love)
- 1 – 1 1/2 tsp Maggi seasoning OR salt
- BBQ sauce or ketchup for the top
First dice the onion. I like to have onion in my meatloaf, however, I have a picky eater in my house. He will sit and pick out every tiny piece of onion he sees. So now what I do is dice it up and fry them! If they’re brown and caramelized they pretty much match the meat when it’s cooked! Doing this makes them a lot harder to spot! So once you’re done dicing, throw them in the frying pan!
While the onions are browning, remove the sausages from their casings. Put the sausage meat and the ground beef in a bowl. Add all the other ingredients and mix well – don’t forget the onions!
It’s going to seem a little sloppy but it will come together while it cooks!
Dump the mixture into a loaf pan and spread it out evenly. Add ketchup or BBQ sauce to the top and put it in a 350-degree oven for 55 – 60 minutes. Let the meatloaf sit for about 10 minutes before cutting into it. The loaf holds its shape a little better that way.
That’s all there is to it. An easy crowd pleaser!