Meatloaf Meatloaf Double Beatloaf
There is a fellow at work... and all we ever talk about is what we cook... or what we've eaten... and we both look at eachother in wonder and ask, "How is it you dont weigh 300 pounds?"
So he told me that last night, he made a meatloaf. I honestly couldnt tell you the last time... if ever... I've craved meatloaf. But as he described his jalepeno infused meaty masterpiece... I was suddenly struck with inspiration.
Mind you, I've never made a meatloaf on my own... and the last time I was near one was probably when I was a kid and my mom passed the "dirty work" of mixing everything together to me. So I needed a good recipe... and who better to turn to than good ol' Alton Brown?
I've decided Alton Brown is the food God. I am going to make a little altar to him and hang it over the stove... sort of like the Chinese kitchen God.
Dave told me it was "the best meatloaf he's ever had".... okay well granted he says he's only ever had meatloaf once before... EVER.
I wouldnt change a thing about this recipe. Nada. It was that good.
Alton Brown's Meatloaf
6 ounces garlic-flavored croutons
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 onion, roughly chopped
1 carrot, peeled and broken
3 whole cloves garlic
1/2 red bell pepper
18 ounces ground chuck
18 ounces ground sirloin
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
For the glaze:
1/2 cup catsup
1 tablespoon ground cumin
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Dash hot pepper sauce
1 tablespoon honey
In a food processor bowl, combine croutons, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and thyme. Pulse until the mixture is of a fine texture. Place this mixture into a large bowl. Combine the onion, carrot, garlic, and red pepper in the food processor bowl. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped, but not pureed. Combine the vegetable mixture, ground sirloin, and ground chuck with the bread crumb mixture. Season the meat mixture with the kosher salt. Add the egg and combine thoroughly, but avoid squeezing the meat.
Pack this mixture into a 10-inch loaf pan to mold the shape of the meatloaf. Onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, turn the meatloaf out of the pan onto the center of the tray. Insert a temperature probe at a 45 degree angle into the top of the meatloaf. Avoid touching the bottom of the tray with the probe. Set the probe for 155 degrees.
Combine the catsup, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce and honey. Brush the glaze onto the meatloaf after it has been cooking for about 10 minutes.