Cajun meat loaf~ revised

Yield: 999 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 Bay leaves
1 teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Black pepper
½ teaspoon White pepper
½ teaspoon Ground cumin
½ teaspoon Ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons Unsalted butter
¾ cup Finely chopped onions
½ cup Finely chopped celery
½ cup Finely chopped bell pepper
¼ cup Finely chopped green onions
2 teaspoons Minced garlic
½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
½ cup Evaporated milk
½ cup Catsup
1½ pounds Ground beef
½ pounds Ground pork
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup Very fine dry bread crumbs

SEASONING MIX

VEGETABLE MIXTURE

MEAT MIX

Combine the seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Melt the butter in a 1 quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, bell peppers, green onions, garlic, Tabasco, Worcestershire and seasoning mix. Saute until mixture starts sticking excessively, about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping the pan bottom well. Stir in the milk and catsup. Continue cooking for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool to room temperature.

Place the ground beef and pork in an ungreased 13 by 9 backing pan.

Add the eggs, the cooked vegetable mixture (removing the bay leaves) and the bread crumbs. Mix by hand until thoroughly combined. In the center of the pan, shape the mixture into a loaf that is about 1½ inches high, 6 inches wide and 12 inches long. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, then raise heat to 400 degrees and continue cooking until done, about 35 minutes longer. Serve immediately as is or with "Very Hot Cajun Sauce for Beef" (separate recipe).

Adapted from Chef Paul Prudhomme's "Louisiana Kitchen". (hot spice level reduced by us, but otherwise unchanged.)

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