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Meatloaf Infused With Caramelized Vegetables

Updated on January 10, 2020

The First Slice

Smells Wonderful

The aroma in my kitchen right now is a spectacular combination of scents, all good! The flavor of the burger is enhanced by the onion, celery, pepper and grated carrots.

My hubbie bought me a meatloaf pan a few years back. The pan is like a breadpan except it has an insert that the burger sits on while it baked, and the hamburger great drains into the bottom. When the burger is done, you simply loosen the long side of the meatloaf with a knife and lift the meatloaf out of the pan.

Mine let go of the lifter once I had it tipping over the waiting storage container. I did give it a little spray with cooking spray

That helps.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package McCormick Meatloaf Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 pounds uncooked ground beef
  • 1/4 cup sweet pepper
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup carrot, shredded
  • 2 slices potato bread, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon old bay
  • 1/4 teaspoon summer savory
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon johnny's hunter blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Brown Vegetables and Bread Cubes

In a frying pan, melt some butter, and mix your cut vegetables in with the butter, stirring to coat. I had frozen carrot shreds, so I warmed them in the microwave before I added them to the onion, peppers and celery.

Once they looked a little bit browned, I added the bread cubes, and stirred to coat the cubes with the vegies. Then, I moved the pan to a cooler spot.

Mix

At this point, I had my ground burger mixed with the egg mixture. I then added in my panful of vegies, stirred the concoction and poured it into a specially made meatloaf pan.

Smooth it flat and place in an oven at 375 degrees, central rack, for one hour and twenty minutes. It should be at least 165 degrees at that point. Technically it's done at this point.

Some people may bake it with ketchup on it, but I am not a ketchup person, so I did not use ketchup. It's good without it. I won't knock any dyed in the wool ketchup fans for putting some on when they eat it.

Butter
Butter
Pan is on medium heat
Pan is on medium heat
Vegies go in pan, mix with melting butter
Vegies go in pan, mix with melting butter
My carrots were frozen, so I microwaved them briefly
My carrots were frozen, so I microwaved them briefly
Added carrots to rest of vegies.
Added carrots to rest of vegies.
Need two pieces of bread, diced
Need two pieces of bread, diced
Dice
Dice
Dice
Dice
Sprinkle with Spices and salt
Sprinkle with Spices and salt
Add bread to vegies, stir around, and set pan aside to cool slightly
Add bread to vegies, stir around, and set pan aside to cool slightly
2 eggs and milk
2 eggs and milk
Add meatloaf seasoning
Add meatloaf seasoning
Pour egg mixture into burger
Pour egg mixture into burger
Add vegetable/bread mixture to meat mixture
Add vegetable/bread mixture to meat mixture
Add Worcestershire sauce
Add Worcestershire sauce
Use cooking spray on pan
Use cooking spray on pan
Flatten meatloaf mixture in pan
Flatten meatloaf mixture in pan
Oven 375 degrees
Oven 375 degrees
Meatloaf in oven
Meatloaf in oven
1 hour and 20 minutes
1 hour and 20 minutes
Halfway through baking
Halfway through baking
Done, loosen with knife along long edge
Done, loosen with knife along long edge
Tip over into waiting storage container
Tip over into waiting storage container
Eat a slice
Eat a slice
Cover.
Cover.

The plan was to make it today, and eat it reheated. We are having something else, tonight...

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