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Mr. Kringle’s Favorite Meatloaf

Man cannot live on cookies alone…including Mr. Kringle!  When we met, he was NOT a fan of meatloaf because he’d only had what he ate as a kid.  When he tasted mine about 8 months after we started dating, he was a convert!  It wasn’t even the recipe I’m about to share but ever since then, he knows I’ll make a good, flavorful, comfort food meatloaf from time to time.

Someone shared a recipe that was supposed to be close to the Cheesecake Factory.  I tweaked it to be a little healthier and have an extra veggie or two so that we could feel a little better about it.  Obviously this recipe is totally customizable on so many levels from the type of meat you use (the grocery usually has a pre-made “meatloaf mix” of ground beef, pork and veal or just 80/20 beef if you prefer) to the types of veggies you use, the cheese, all of it.  This recipe is meant to be a base for you to get creative just as I did when I started tweaking the original for our tastes!  This pairs perfectly with caramelized onions on the slice especially if you’re having a sandwich.  This freezes beautifully so you can have a hearty meal at your fingertips anytime!

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Mr. Kringle’s Favorite Meatloaf
  • 2 lbs of meat of your choice (I used 1 lb lean ground beef/1 lb lean pork)
  • 3/4 cup (185g) ricotta or cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup (57g) cheese of your choice (I used gruyere/parmesan mix but cheddar works well)
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1-2 peppers of your choice, diced (I used poblano/red pepper)
  • 1/2 cup of scallions (50g) or 1 small onion (80g), diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (54g) panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup (82g) marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup (61g) chicken broth (moisture), steak sauce (moisture/flavor) or water
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard (optional)
  • Salt/pepper/spices of your choice
  • **This meatloaf does not have a glaze because Mr Kringle and I differ on what condiment we like on top. If you want a traditional ketchup glaze, use 1/2 cup of ketchup and 1/4 cup of brown sugar mixed well and applied to the top of the loaf the last 5-7 minutes of baking**
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.
  2. Pack tightly in a loaf pan that has been placed on a cookie sheet to minimize grease splatter as it bakes. (You may even want to cover it with foil to further minimize splatter)
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.
  4. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before removing from pan and rest an additional 5 minutes before serving.

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I'm a long time cook/baker that makes food centric recipe videos to help the novice cook or welcome a seasoned cook that wants to focus on the food. I'm passionate about both Christmas and cooking. Once my baking gene gets activated in September, I want to bake all the things. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and come on into my kitchen!

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