Saturday, May 10, 2014

Cheeseburger Meatloaf

1 lb. ground beef
1 tsp. House Seasoning {recipe below}
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup crushed crackers {I used 1 sleeve of Ritz}
1 teaspoon seasoned salt {I used Lawry’s}
2 slices of bread {white or wheat}

1 {10 3/4-ounce} can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese {I used half cheddar, half cheddar/monterrey jack}
Chopped onions, optional {I didn’t add these}

In a large mixing bowl, combine meat, sour cream, worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, and house seasoning.  Use your hands to mix ingredients…time to get dirty!!
{The house seasoning is another Paula Deen recipe…1 cup salt, 1/4 cup black pepper, 1/4 cup garlic powder. I made a batch and keep it stored in tupperware in the pantry…it tastes good in EVERYTHING!}
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Toss in the veggies and mix.
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Now add the cheese.
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Now for the crackers.  I usually use a whole sleeve of Ritz crackers which works out to be a cup.  I toss ‘em in a freezer ziplock and crush them with a rolling pin :) LOVE IT.
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Combine thoroughly…
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Place the two slices of bread on the bottom of a 1 1/2 qt. loaf pan.  DO NOT eat the bread!!!  You’re just using it to soak up all the grease :)  I might’ve learned this the hard way…just sayin’ ;)
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Now place the meatloaf mix on top of the bread slices and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
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Meanwhile, time to make the sauce!!!   Combine soup, milk, and cheese in a saucepan.  I’ve made the sauce with cream of mushroom & cream of chicken and they both turned out AMAZING.  SO, if you’re out of one, use the other!!! 
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Stir often and cook on medium heat until cheese is melted.
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Remove meatloaf from heat and top with sauce.
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This is definitely not yo’ momma’s meatloaf!!!  I can guarantee that if my mom used this recipe growing up, meatloaf would’ve been my FAVORITE meal.  I don’t know what it is about all the flavors mixed together, but I promise it tastes AMAZING…truly!!!  And you HAVE TO eat it with the sauce because that’s just like the cherry on top!!!! TO.DIE.FOR DELICIOUS!!!!!
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This is a dish with quick prep time and little effort…other than the effort it takes to mix everything {but the sauce} by hand.  You won’t be disappointed!!  I’m pretty sure Elvis would’ve loved eating dinner with us {for this meal, anyway} ;)

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