Beef Pork & Meat Recipes

Cajun Meat Loaf

Cajun Meat Loaf

Try this turkey meatloaf for a deliciously Cajun-seasoned, low fat and healthful dish with an exciting New Orleans twist.

Make your own seasoning mix for a unique and wickedly spicy loaf; use less mix, and your turkey loaf will be nicely seasoned, but without the Cajun bite.

Be guided by the palate of your eaters; any left over spice is perfect on pork chops, vegetables, or wherever a Cajun touch is enjoyed.

Use your food processor to chop vegetables, and preparation time is about 15 minutes from start to into the oven. The loaf cooks at 350-degrees for about an hour.

Seasoning Mix:

2 crumbled bay leaves
1 Tbsp salt
1 tsp ground red pepper (preferably cayenne)
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Combine seasoning mix in a small bowl and set aside.

4 Tbsp peanut oil
3/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped green bell peppers
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
2 tsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp Tabasco sauce
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup catsup
2 pounds whole ground turkey
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup very fine dry bread crumbs

Preparation:
* Place peanut oil in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat.

* Add listed ingredients through Worcestershire sauce with seasoning mix.

* Saute the mixture, stirring occasionally and scraping the bottom of the pan well, about 6 minutes until mixture is fairly dry and the air filled with the aroma of spices. Don’t let it burn.

* Stir in milk and catsup.

* Continue cooking for about 2 additional minutes, stirring occasionally.

* Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool.

* Add ground turkey, eggs, and bread crumbs to cooled vegetable mixture and mix lightly by hand until thoroughly combined.

* Using a 13×9-inxh baking pan, shape into a loaf that is about 1 1/2 inches high, 6 inches wide and 12 inches long.

* Bake in 350-degree oven about 1 hour or until instant-read thermometer reads 165-degrees and juices run clear.

* Top with a simple sauce:

Warm 1/2 cup catsup. Season with 2 Tbsp seasoning mix, or to taste

* Cover the loaf with sauce and return to oven for 10 minutes, just to glaze the loaf.

Potatoes whipped high and creamy are the perfect accompaniment to this turkey loaf that is sure to please.

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