Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Blue Cheese & Caramelized Onion Meatloaf

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When it comes to flavor and ingredient combinations, I like to bring together things that are already familiar and incorporate them into a dish that's unexpected. It's a fun way to put a twist on classic foods. Tonight, I gave a classic meatloaf a fun new twist with this Blue Cheese & Caramelized Onion Meatloaf. Blue cheese and caramelized onions are a delicious duo on many things like pizza, pasta and even on steak... so why not incorporate these same ingredients in a meatloaf? Each bite has a taste of tangy blue cheese and sweet caramelized onions all mixed in. You just may look at meatloaf in a whole different light...

You can bake this in a few ways aside from the usual meatloaf pan. Kids will love this baked in a muffin pan. Or you can even bake in mini baking loaves for individual servings. You can even ditch the idea of meatloaf and roll the meat mixture into meatballs for a delicious appetizer. However you decide, you can't go wrong! I served  this with a spinach and mushroom mashed potato which paired with the flavors wonderfully!


Blue Cheese & Caramelized Onion Meatloaf
recipe adapted from Food

1 cup breadcrumbs {or gluten free crackers, processed into crumbs}
1/4
cup
crumbled blue cheese
pound 80/20
ground beef
1
egg (slightly beaten)
1/2 cup caramelized onions
salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a standard 9x5 loaf pan or 4 mini loaf pans and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup bread crumbs {or processed gf cracker crumbs} and 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese. Add ground beef, egg, onion, salt and pepper. Blend to incorporate all the ingredients evenly throughout.

Shape into a loaf or 4 small football shaped loaves. Bake meatloaf into preheated oven for 1 hour. Allow to cool slightly and serve. 

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