Meatloaf is one of those foods, much like Brussel sprouts, that always seems to get a bad rap. Perhaps because it makes many think of the dry, tasteless meatloaf served in many school cafeterias, a nondiscriminant chunk of unappetizing meat that was worthy of disdain. This recipe, however, is very juicy, flavorful, and packed with so many ingredients, it should really be called an omnivore loaf! Our bread and butter pickles combined with other veggies to make this an extremely flavorful meatloaf that is sure to change the minds of any meatloaf haters out there. It’s also very easy to throw together quickly, making it a great meal for any day of the week!
Bread & Butter Pickle Meatloaf
1 lb ground beef
⅓ cup crackers
½ cup or 1 deveined kale leaf, chopped
¼ cup celery, chopped
½ cup bread and butter pickles, chopped
⅓ cup baby carrots, chopped
½ medium red onion, chopped
½ cup BBQ sauce
½ cup shredded cheese
¼ cup molasses
*salt and pepper, to taste if desired
Optional glaze: Mix 1/2 cup BBQ sauce with 1/4 cup molasses
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Chop all vegetables. Combine meat, egg, crackers, chopped veggies, cheese, ½ cup BBQ sauce and molasses and mix together well until all ingredients are spread consistently throughout. You can use a food processor, or your hands if you don’t mind getting dirty. If you’re using a very lean beef, such as 90% or up, lightly grease a loaf pan before forming the meat into it. If you’re using a ground beef with a higher fat content, you can put the meat in the pan directly, without greasing it; the fat will lubricate it as it bakes and keep it from sticking.
Optional- if you desire a glaze on the top, bake for 45 minutes and then drizzle ½ cup BBQ sauce mixed with ¼ cup molasses over top of the meatloaf; return to oven for an additional 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, and let the meatloaf sit in the oven for an additional 5 minutes. This will give it a delicious, sticky, caramelized sauce on the top as seen in the video. If you’d like to forgo the glaze, bake for 55 minutes, then remove from oven and let cool for at least 15-20 minutes prior to serving. Garnish with extra bread and butter pickles if desired. Enjoy!