(9x5 inch loaf)
Last week I swapped out my food processor and since then I've been chopping, slicing, shredding and mixing practically anything I can get my hands on. So far, I'm pretty happy with the results. My new machine isn't perfect, but it's performing much better than my previous one did.
I chopped practically everything for this meatloaf in the food processor. The vegetables, meat and cheese as well as the bread. Everything came together reasonably quickly considering I started off with a large piece of top round steak.
1 tbsp olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 medium onion
1 large bell pepper
1 3/4 lb top round steak
1/2 lb Gouda or smoked cheddar or a combination, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 slice bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp lemon pepper
3/4 tsp salt
leaves from 3 sprigs marjoram
2 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
2 slices of seeded, sourdough or rye bread
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup ketchup, divided
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 large egg
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
Equip your food processor with the cutting blade at the bottom of the bowl, cover and run the motor. Drop the peeled garlic down the chute (with the motor running). Remove the top and scrape down the sides if necessary.
Peel the onion and cut up into 1-2 inch chunks. Place into the bowl of your food processor, cover and pulse until they are chopped.
Add these to the frying pan and cook until the onion is translucent.
Meanwhile seed the bell pepper and cut up into 2 inch pieces. Process them in the food processor as you did for the onions. Add to the onion mixture and cook until the bell pepper has softened.
Remove from heat and allow to cool. Place into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
Cut the steak into 1 inch cubes. Place the meat into the bowl of the food processor. Add the cheese, bacon, thyme, smoked paprika, lemon pepper, salt and marjoram. You might have to do this in batches depending on the size and strength of your food processor.
Pulse until the meat and cheese are finely chopped; about the size of fresh bread crumbs. Add to the mixing bowl. Add the ground flax seed if using.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Tear the bread into small pieces and place those into the bowl of your food processor. Pulse until you have bread crumbs. Add those to the mixing bowl.
Add the milk, half of the ketchup (2 tbsp), Worcestershire sauce and egg. Combine everything until it's evenly mixed.
Place the meat mixture into a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Spread the remaining two tablespoons of ketchup evenly over the top.
Bake the meatloaf in the middle of the oven for about 1 1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted into the middle of the meatloaf registers 160°F. Remove from oven.
Cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before slicing it.