Monday, August 5, 2013

Meatloaf Stuffed with Macaroni and Cheese

Hello everyone, so there are very few things in the food department that my husband demands me to make.  First off he knows not to demand anything of his wife unless he wants to be met with a cast iron frying pan upside the head.  However this recipe my husband couldn't resist in demanding me to make and I understood.  Woman's lib and wives standing up against the "man" went out the window because I did understand why my husband demanded this because before he told me to make this I was thinking how in the world could I make this.  Well let me explain the situation, weeks ago on my facebook fan page, I was having a party and for some of you that are not in the food blog world that just means foodie friends were coming over to my page sharing their recipes.  It helps the ones sharing the recipes and it helps the person's page.  This was one of those shared recipes brought over by food genius in my opinion and I am sure my "dumbass" husband would agree with that.  Tales from a Middle Class Kitchen can be found over on facebook 
and you can just follow the link that takes you straight to the original recipe.  With his permission I am showing you all how I made this mind blowing recipe.  I changed a few things to fit my family's needs but kept the integrity of the recipe.  There will be pictures to follow along with the instructions.

Ingredients: My Version

2 pounds of lean ground beef or you can use any ground meat you wish
2 eggs
2 cups of bread crumbs I used homemade you can use store bought
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
1 whole onion diced
2 carrots diced
2 celery stalks diced
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive olive
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons of ketchup
2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon of parsley
1 tablespoon of rosemary
1 tablespoon of thyme
1 tablespoon of steak seasoning
1 box of Macaroni and Cheese
2 cups of shredded cheese I used a blend of mozzarella and cheddar
1/4 cup of milk


First off you want to dice your veggies and take 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil , throw it in a pan and add in your veggies.  You want to cook the veggies just until you can see them through them and they are not browned.  Take veggies off the heat to cool. Now lets work on making the meatloaf.  Put your ground meat in a mixing bowl add in eggs, and all your dried seasonings.  Throw in 1 tablespoon of ketchup, all the barbecue sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.  By now the veggies should be cool enough to throw in with the meat so add the veggies too. Give it a good mix with your hands.  It should look like this or similar to it.  

Put this in your fridge until you are ready for it and start making the macaroni and cheese.  Follow the directions on the box when the pasta is done drain it and return it to the heat.  Add in the dried cheese it comes with and add the milk and shredded cheese too.  The secret here is not to make the mac and cheese too wet because then that would be just a mess everywhere.

  Try not to add too much liquid to prevent a meatloaf and mac and cheese mess.  When the shredded cheese is all melted put it aside and bring out your meatloaf.
I scored the center of the meatloaf with a knife and split it in two like this:
I put half of the meatloaf on a large cookie sheet and formed a meat boat and put the remaining tablespoon of ketchup on the meat.  Here is my meat boat with ketchup a masterpiece if I do say so myself lol.
You will want a meat boat like this to contain your mac and cheese, like this 
Then we take the other half of the meatloaf and put it on top of the mac and cheese and form it so there should be no mac and cheese poking through like this.
Drizzle the top with barbecue sauce and top with remaining shredded cheese.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for about an hour and a half , there is a lot of meat there to cook.  Half way through you need to take out the meatloaf and drain it because the pan gets juicy and could over flow if you dont.  Put it back in the oven to continue to cook.  Let it cool about 15 minutes if you can wait that long and dig in.  Here is what it looks like when you cut into it.

So there you have it everyone meatloaf stuffed with mac n cheese, it was a huge hit at my house.  A huge thank you to tales from a middle class kitchen for this amazing recipe and you all should go check him out because he has some fantastic recipes and they are budget friendly without complicated ingredients. 
Take care my friends and until next time Live, Laugh and Love.  Heather

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It was delicious! My boys enjoyed it very much.