September 06, 2010

Recipe of the Week -- Cheddar Meatloaf

Now don't you dare turn your nose up at meatloaf! Yes you.....I see you! Meatloaf is yummy!! Really!

Actually as a kid growing up, one of my absolute favorite meals was meatloaf. My best friend's mother made the best and I always begged her to make it when I spent the night over there. Funny thing though.....I never managed to get the recipe from her. Oops.

Anyway, when I first got married "someone" turned his nose up at my meatloaf (there is a story there, but we can save that). It only took a couple times making it to make him a devoted meatloaf lover. Hehe. They all succumb eventually. ;)

I have many versions of meatloaf, but this is my newest so I'll share it first.

Cheddar Meatloaf

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 cup finely grated carrot
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 egg
Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs, ketchup, cheese, green onions, carrot, egg, salt and pepper. Add beef and gently combine.

Now here you have two choices:

Preheat oven to 375*. Transfer beef mixture to a 9x5 loaf pan. Bake until cooked through, about 1 hour.

Or for mini meatloafs (the kiddos faves)

Preheat oven to 400*. Divide beef mixture evenly into 6 balls. Shape into a loaf shape and place them on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through. Top with extra ketchup.

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  1. Looks yummy! Unfortuneately all our recipes have to be egg free. My youngest daughter is severely allergic to eggs. But I'm sure I could modify this to make it work. :-) Hope you have a great week!

  2. I haven't had real meatloaf in so long. Looks good! We use ground turkey a lot. I could probably use this recipe and substitute turkey, you think?

  3. I make a similar one, but I love the addition of carrot here. Great way to get more veggies!

  4. I for one would never turnup my nose at meatloaf...I love it! I don't know why I've never thought of putting cheese right inside!? Genius. Sounds very delicious...thanks for sharing it w/ t4t this week =)

  5. I definitly need to try this one out. Cheddar (cheese in general) makes everything better, LOL!

  6. I'm definitely not a meatloaf lover but am willing to give it a try, the DH loves it.

  7. I'm definitely having meatloaf tonight. My mom fixed meatloaf at least once a week, and I still love it.

  8. All seven of my kids beg for my bacon cheeseburger meatloaf. I have to make five pounds at a time. I'm your newest follower!

  9. Following you from Tuesday's Blog hop! Love to have you visit & follow!

  10. adding cheddar cheese to meatloaf sounds really good! I'm going to try this sometime!

  11. Stephani! I am just laughing so hard that a few ladies this week linked up meatloaf recipes that turned their dear husbands from haters to lovers of the loaf! Thanks for sharing your version on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop! Alex@amoderatelife

  12. I love that you incorporated carrots in the meatloaf. Great way to 'sneak in' the veggies!!

  13. I bet meatloaf would be a good place to sneak in some zucchini, too, wouldn't it? And why have I never put cheese in meatloaf? It makes such good sense. Thank you for sharing with Two for Tuesday.

  14. Ah, a girl after my own heart - I always put cheese in my meatloaf - a trick I learned years ago from a dear lady. I sneak in all sorts of veggies too - hey that is what meatloaf is for! Thanks for linking this to Two for Tues!!

  15. YUMMY! I featured this recipe on my Yummy Wednesday blog post...found here:

    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

  16. Meatloaf is always a big hit with my family. They almost treat it like a delicacy. PS I like how you sneak in some carrots! Thanks for sharing!

  17. I'm not usually a meatloaf girl, but this looks great!

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