Wednesdays Unplugged – Zippy Meatloaf

NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share! 


"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." ~William Arthur Ward

Kpt-pony It hardly seems possible that it is Thanksgiving already this week. We are not traveling this year and it sounds like it will be a good year to be staying home… hopefully everyone who is going away has safe travels! Speaking of travels, I doubt anyone we know will be traveling by pony but our granddaughter made a really cute one last Wednesday night!


Last week I was really hungry for some comfort food… like Chicken Tetrazzini … and I was also hungry for a new meatloaf. This week's recipe is based on Alton Brown's 'Good Eats Meatloaf' from It was mighty tasty, and I loved the 'zippy' taste.


  • 5 ounce bag garlic-flavored croutonsMeatloaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into several sections
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 2 1/4 pounds 85% lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Dash worcestershire sauce
  • Dash hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a food processor bowl with stainless steel chopping blade, combine croutons, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, thyme and kosher salt. Pulse until the mixture is a fine texture. Place into a large bowl.

In food processor combine onion, carrot, garlic and red pepper. Pulse until mixture is finely chopped. Add to crumb mixture, combine. Add the ground beef and egg and mix thoroughly.

Pack mixture into a 10-inch loaf pan to mold into the shape of a loaf. Turn the meatloaf out onto a parchment-paper lined baking sheet. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes.

Combine ketchup, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce and honey. Brush glaze onto meatloaf after baking for 10 minutes and bake about another 30 minutes, until temperature probe measures 155 degrees.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results -



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