Wednesday , 20 September 2017

Cheddar Studded Meatloaf

I think I’ve mentioned my love for the sort of old time favorites that American cuisine is known for.

Seriously though, meatloaf, chicken fried steak, pot roast, chicken and dumpling, etc., the list goes on and on.  A bit weird considering I wasn’t even born in this country and my mom certainly never cooked anything like this when I was growing up.

I think that the food choices you make say a lot about a person and their identity as well as giving you some insight into that person’s cultural background and values.

Now I could be way off base here and maybe it’s because I’m so into food, but I definitely feel like people gravitate towards food as another way of expression, even if that person isn’t consciously aware of it.  I relate it to the same way a person’s clothing choices can tell you a lot about them (or at least what they want to project).

So maybe my love of American comfort food reflects a desire to fit in with a new culture.  Or it could be nothing like that and as a kid I just thought it was tasty.  You have to remember, at the time we moved here I was only two so it wasn’t like I was consciously making the decision.

But anyway, I usually try to make my own recipes to post, but this was one I saw in Cooking Light and knew I just had to make.  They called it an “All American Meatloaf” and it’s everything most people love in their meatloaf (although I’ll admit I’m also partial to the versions with gravy).

But it was really the fact that the meatloaf was cheese studded that served to peak my interest.

I stayed pretty true to the original recipe, although I couldn’t resist making a few changes and additions.  One of the biggest is the fact that I formed the loaf on a broiler pan rather than packing it into a loaf pan.  I always like doing my meatloaves free form style since a lot of the grease drains away and you get more of those tasty crusty bits.  On the side I put together a warm green bean and potato salad because when I think meatloaf, those are the two sides that I always associate with it.

And if you’d like to check out what I like to call my Asian Blue Plate Special, click here.  It’s an Asian twist on a turkey meatloaf done in mini-meatloaf muffin form and served with a side of sesame mashed potatoes.

Cheddar Studded Meatloaf with Warm Green Bean and Potato Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 6

Serving Size: 1/6 of meatloaf

Calories per serving: 251

Fat per serving: 10.1

Cheddar Studded Meatloaf with Warm Green Bean and Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 oz whole wheat panko
  • 1/2 cup ketchup, divided (I actually used 1/2 ketchup & 1/2 American style chili sauce)
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 5 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, divided
  • 1/4 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp thyme
  • 3/4 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 ounces 2% sharp cheddar cheese, 1/4 - 1/3 inch dice
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 pound 95% lean ground beef
  • Cooking spray

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine panko, 1/4 cup ketchup, onion, 3 tablespoons parsley, and remaining ingredients except cooking spray in a bowl; gently mix until just combined.
  3. Line a broiler pan with foil. Spray pan with nonstick spray and form a free form loaf shape on the broiler pan, do not pack (could also transfer to a loaf pan coated with cooking spray). Bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Brush top of loaf with remaining 1/4 cup ketchup. Bake an additional 25 minutes or until thermometer registers 160°. Let stand for 10 minutes, and cut into 6 slices. Sprinkle with remaining parsley.
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15 comments

  1. Serena@SerenaBakesSimplyFromScratch

    Nothing more to say then I am drooling and meatloaf and potatoes are always a fav! This looks fantastic!

  2. That looks so cheesy, I love that it looks so moist
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  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    You may not believe what I say but I actually have never had (tasted) meatloaf or even cook it myself… This one looks good though. I need to make it one day!

  4. This looks so good. Unfortunately, we don’t make meatloaf in our house but we do eat it. I used to be vegan and I just can’t stand to mess with all the raw meat.
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  5. I am totally digging the new layout of the website. Also, this recipe is making me drool at the mouth 🙂

  6. This meatloaf does look good! I have to admit that I’ve only made one or two meatloaves in the many, many years I’ve been cooking because I was never very fond of them. They were always too greasy! Now I know why! I never thought of free-forming the loaf on a broiler pan – DUH! I love the crispy also so that’s a perfect method! Now I’m going to have to give the meatloaf another try and this looks like the perfect place to start. Thanks!

  7. Meatloaf is such an iconic American recipe! I tend to make them more in the chillier months but the cheese and herbs in this have my craving it now!

  8. Malou | Skip to Malou

    of course i clicked the asian counterpart hahaha the asian in me! and I would say i like both concoction. it’s amazing how you could have the same “comfort” food yet different takes. what stands out among all the ingredients is the non fat buttermilk and also the panko . for one i never worked with buttermilk ever before.
    your asian twist on the otherhand had rice? wow that’s amazing. i did an asian twist (ok this is a shameless plug alert haha) which was published in a cookbook, wherein i fused in the ingredients of a “morcon” into an american meatloaf. i haven’t made it in awhile but i think the next time I will be making a meatloaf, im sure there will be other twists as your posts influences will be taken haha.

    happy weekend,
    malou

  9. of course i clicked the asian counterpart hahaha the asian in me! and I would say i like both concoction. it’s amazing how you could have the same “comfort” food yet different takes. what stands out among all the ingredients is the non fat buttermilk and also the panko . for one i never worked with buttermilk ever before.
    your asian twist on the otherhand had rice? wow that’s amazing. i did an asian twist (ok this is a shameless plug alert haha) which was published in a cookbook, wherein i fused in the ingredients of a “morcon” into an american meatloaf. i haven’t made it in awhile but i think the next time I will be making a meatloaf, im sure there will be other twists as your posts influences will be taken haha.

    happy weekend,
    malou

  10. Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

    That is a WONDERFUL and moist looking meat loaf and so full of flavorful goodness. You make the loveliest meals FJ 🙂

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  11. oh this meatloaf looks so wonderful!! You’re so awesome!!!!!! This is certainly up my alley! I’ve probably said this before but imma say it again, your husband is so luckyyyyy!! btw, when you mentioned the Asian counterpart I thought you were referring to embutido!!

  12. I’m very hungry now. Thanks for sharing this cheddar studded meatloaf. I didn’t know you can make something like that. Where do you get your recipes? I’ll be waiting for the next one.

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  13. That looks like some wonderful comfort food. The cheese in the meatloaf has me sold. I could go for a few pieces of that meatloaf. Thanks for sharing!
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  14. what a delicious looking meatloaf! sounds so delicious, perfect comfort food!
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