I roast carrots and cabbage “steaks,” but you could do anything you want, as all veggies pair well with this meatloaf. Another favorite is roasted brussels sprouts with walnuts!
I recommend allowing yourself about 2 hours before serving to get everything caramelized and roasted properly without rushing!
* Watch me (Youtube video) make this recipe HERE!
- 1-2 lbs ground beef (if you like more “meaty” of a meatloaf, use 2 lbs)
- 1 sweet onion, sliced as thinly as possible
- 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 TBS butter or olive oil
- 1 TBS tomato paste
- 2 TBS Worcestershire sauce (to taste)
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 2 tsps yellow mustard
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tsp all-spice seasoning or any blend of your favorites (I used Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute)
- 1 TBS balsamic glaze
- 1 egg (2 if you like your meatloaf to be more firm and held together)
- 1/4 cup italian breadcrumbs
- Start by caramelizing your onions. Add butter and/or oil to your pan, turn on medium-low. Add sliced onions. Add a pinch of salt, give a quick stir to coat the onions, and leave it alone for a bit. I usually take about 30-45 minutes to do this, stirring a few times to turn the onions over.
- Make sauce mix that will go on top of the meatloaf, as well as inside. In a bowl, mix tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, yellow mustard, pinch of salt, pinch of pepper, all-spice or seasoning blend, balsamic glaze. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, scramble your egg. Add breadcrumbs. Whisk together. Add ground beef and mix until combined by hand. Don’t overmix!
- Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Ensure your meat is cooked in the center and let it rest for about 15 minutes.
- Roast whatever veggies you want on the side or serve with a salad.
A couple things to note about this recipe!
- You can really make it your own by adding whatever dry ingredients and/or candy you want. Some suggestions: bagel chips, almonds or other nuts, raisins, Reese’s Pieces, butterscotch chips, cheez-its, etc.
- The seasoning measurements below provide a pretty light flavor. If you like extreme flavor, be sure to ramp it up!
Watch me make this recipe in my vlog, here! 🙂
10 cups of dry ingredients, I used:
- 3 cups rice cereal squares
- 3 cups corn cereal squares
- 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
- 3 cups pretzels
½ cup apple cider
½ cup butter
½ cup coconut oil
⅓ cup worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp garlic powder
½ Tbsp onion powder
2 tsp salt
Turn your slow cooker on high.
Add all your dry ingredients, butter, and coconut oil.
Stir to cover all the pieces.
Add seasonings and all other ingredients.
Stir again to ensure all pieces have been covered.
Cook in slow cooker for 3 hours, stirring at least once or twice during that time.
Spread the mixture out on parchment paper or baking sheet.
Heat oven to 350° F. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool.
Pour all of the chex mix in a gallon size ziploc and add your candy.
Shake and enjoy! 🙂
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