Monday, January 30, 2012

A Meatloaf For The Onion Haters

Greetings my fellow onion haters! I know you're out there...there has to be SOMEONE else out there besides me. Well, there is no denying that I despise onions. There is nothing I hate more than the taste, the texture, the smell...they're like my kryptonite. I can smell them within a 5 mile radius.  At dinner, you'll often hear me asking, "Is this onion?" "Does that look like an onion to you?" Besides my utter hate for them, I'm also kind of allergic so I just really can't eat them. The problem is, a lot of people/restaurants think it's okay to put onions in dishes and not list them under the ingredients so I've taken to asking...and coming up with my own recipes without them. I love me some Boston Market meatloaf, primarily for the tomato/ketchup sauce on top of it. They've been slacking in the taste department lately so I decided to experiment with it myself. I started off with this recipe from Alton Brown and made it my own based on my tastes and the comments of others. There's even a short video from Alton if you get confused about anything. This makes about 6-8 servings. If you want, you can call it a meatloaf for picky eaters...although just because you don't like something that someone else does doesn't mean you're a picky eater! :)

"This is even better than Boston Market meatloaf."

6 ounces (weight) garlic flavored croutons (smushed to fine texture if you don't have a food processor like me)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 carrot, peeled and broken (or chopped finely if you don't have a food processor)
1/2 red bell pepper (I didn't add this when I made it [mainly because I'm just starting to like peppers and I tend to forget that so I still leave them out from habit] but it would be a good addition)
3 whole garlic cloves
36 oz meat (Alton says 18 oz ground chuck and 18 oz ground sirloin - I used half ground hamburger meat and half a premade package of meatball/meatloaf meat. I ended up having about 2.8 pounds of meat instead of 2.25 so mine took longer to cook)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 egg

1 cup ketchup
pinch of ground cumin (if you like it with a little zing, then use 2 tsp)
2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
2 TBS honey
dash of hot pepper sauce (again if you like it spicy - I don't really plus we didn't have any)
*Note: recipe is doubled from Alton's as recommended by commentators. Don't throw away the excess. Use it to dip your meatloaf in (although it's not as good when it's not baked on but it's still yummo!)

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. In food processor, combine croutons, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and thyme. Pulse until fine texture. If you don't have a food processor, put the croutons in a plastic bag and smash with the flat side of a wooden spoon until fine. Remove. Combine carrot and garlic (and bell pepper) in food processor bowl. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped, not pureed (or just finely chop it yourself like I did). Combine the vegetable mixture and meat with breadcrumbs. Season with salt. Add egg and combine thoroughly but avoid squeezing the meat (I recommend watching the video added on the link for the original recipe so you can see how Alton does it all).
3. Place this mixture into a 10" loaf pan and mold to the shape of a loaf. Turn out onto the center of a parchment paper (we didn't have any so I used foil) lined baking sheet (I used a baking tray in case of splatter). Cook for 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, combine ketchup, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, and honey (and hot pepper sauce if you want). Brush half the glaze onto the meatloaf after it has been cooking for the 10 minutes. Cover all sides. Cook meatloaf for 15 more minutes and brush more glaze on. Cook about 10 more minutes (a total of 45 minutes) or until meat thermometer inserted at a 45 degree angle reaches 155 degrees. Note, we ended up cooking ours for like an hour and a half to two hours but we had a lot more meat than the recipe called for.

I also made these amazing Texas Roadhouse Loaded Sweet Potatoes from Chef in Training. SO DELICIOUS! Even if I don't make the glaze every time, I'll definitely add marshmallows more often.

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  1. This looks so good... I have always loved everything that I've made from good eats!!! Yummy thanks for sharing!

  2. I featured this today on my blog!!! It looks so yummy I am going to try it this week! although I may add onions...LOL

  3. haha when I made this my dad's response was "the only way this could be better is if it had onions" but with or without them it sure is good! Thank you for featuring me!!

  4. I used to hate onions too. I decided the reason why was because my mom loves them and adds lots of big chunks to all recipes. I like the flavor but not really the texture,so I either leave them super big so I can pick them out or so small that I don't notice them. My recipe for meatloaf leaves a lot to be desired. I'll be trying this for sure - although I may add some onions. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays


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