I decided to kick my meatloaf up a notch by adding Pepper Jack Cheese in the middle. This guarantees an extra boost in every bite!
Start out by dicing 1 medium onion and 2 garlic cloves. Saute in a pan with a little olive oil. Add a whole bay leaf while cooking, the flavor will infuse in your onions. Cook until onions are translucent. Set aside to cool.
Take 4 pieces of white bread, cut off the crust and cut in large chunks. Soak in milk until ready to use.
In a large mixing bowl combine:
- 2 1/2 lbs. of ground beef
- 1 egg
- Salt, pepper
- about 2 tbls. of worcestershire sauce
- couple dashes of cayenne pepper
- a very small dash of sage
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- Add bread after squeezing out the milk.
- add onion mixture (don’t forget to discard your bay leaf)
Time to dig in and mix until well incorporated!
Divide in half and form a loaf in a casserole dish. (no need to grease your dish, there’s enough fat in your meat so it won’t stick)
Lay slices of pepper jack cheese in the middle and top with the other half of meat mixture. Form into a long loaf shape covering all the cheese.
Spread your favorite barbecue sauce on the top.
Bake in a 350 deg. oven for 1 1/2 hrs. Let cool slightly before slicing. Enjoy!