Meatloaf And Bonus Salsa Recipe

I used to not like meatloaf. I would do everything I could to avoid it. It was always boring to be honest. So, I decided to change that and I began to play with it until I created this recipe. My family now gets excited when they see it on the weekly menu. I am assuming it is no longer boring….

Meatloaf Recipe

Supply List:

2-3 lbs of some form of ground meat (I used hamburger)

2 Eggs

1 1/2 cups of breadcrumbs (I used panko)

About 2 cups of salsa (my recipe is below)

About 1 cup of shredded cheese (I used white cheddar)

Pepper

Salt

Garlic powder

Onion Powder

Big bowl

Baking dish

Instructions:

Throw everything (except about half the cheese and the baking dish) together in the bowl and mix together until it is thoroughly blended.   Be careful, your hands may try to turn into ice during this phase of the recipe. It is really freaking cold stuff!

Eggs and ground meat. The white by the egg is just a reflection. Nothing freaky going on with the egg. I promise...
Eggs and ground meat. The white by the egg is just a reflection. Nothing freaky going on with the egg. I promise…
Salsa added to the mix....
Salsa added to the mix….
Cheese saying hello!
Cheese saying hello!
Well mixed meatloaf....
Well mixed meatloaf….

Once mixed, transfer the mix to your baking dish

In the baking dish, ready for the cheese topping...
In the baking dish, ready for the cheese topping…

Top with the rest of  the cheese, and bake at 425 until fully cooked. The meatloaf will pull away from the sides of the dish and the cheese will be a golden color when completely cooked through.

Edges pulled away from the sides of the baking dish and the cheese is beautifully melted. Finished meatloaf.
Edges pulled away from the sides of the baking dish and the cheese is beautifully melted. Finished meatloaf.

Enjoy….

Bonus Time

Salsa Recipe:

The fresh stuff for salsa!
The fresh stuff for salsa!

Supply List:

4 Assorted bell peppers

1 Red onion

1 Lemon

1 Lime

1 Hot pepper of your choice (Use caution!!! These things freaking BURN like no tomorrow if you get it into your eye by accident! I use gloves now when handling them. I got tired of scrubbing my hands and still burning my eyes a day or two afterwards. If you decide that these are not worth your time, you can always use mild to hot pepper flakes instead.)

2 Tomatoes

Cilantro

Garlic or garlic powder (if using fresh garlic about 1-2 cloves)

Salt

Pepper

A strainer to squeeze the lemon and lime into

Knife

Cutting Board

Bowl

Instructions:

Dice the bell peppers, red onion, tomatoes, hot pepper (if using fresh), garlic (if using fresh) and put into the bowl.

Rainbow of colors
Rainbow of colors
Onions adding their own color to the rainbow...
Onions adding their own color to the rainbow…

Squeeze the lemon and lime into a strainer over the bowl.

Lemon getting added to for more YUM factor...
Lemon getting added to the mix for more YUM factor…
Lime getting the life squeezed out of it...
Lime getting the life squeezed out of it…
This is the reason for the "something to squeeze the lemon and lime into. Unless you like the seeds in your salsa and then by all means you can skip this part...
This is the reason for the strainer, to squeeze the lemon and lime into. AKA SEEDS. Unless you like the seeds in your salsa, then by all means you can skip this part. If you do not have a strainer, squeeze them into a separate bowl and remove the seeds if you desire and add the juice to the salsa bowl.

Add (to taste) the salt, pepper, cilantro, garlic powder (if not using fresh), red pepper flakes (if not using fresh).

Seasonings going in....
Seasonings going in….

You can either use immediately or store in a container and place in the fridge to use the following day. The difference will be the taste. The flavors will blend overnight.

SALSA!!!
SALSA!!!
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