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Sunday Supper

We’ve been wanting to add more recipes to Deep South for a while now and would like to thank the folks at The Hungry Southerner blog for their hospitality in sharing one with us today. Their site is a wonderful place to find homegrown stories about Southern products and businesses and, of course, Southern food. And their tagline, “Stay Hungry, Y’all!” pretty much embodies what we love to do most here in the Deep South: eat – and talk about – food.

Hungry Southerner’s recipe for Coca-Cola Glazed Meatloaf is perfect for a Sunday supper. In addition to its use of one our favorite Southern products, Coca-Cola, or Co-Cola as it’s often called down here, this recipe and quick and fairly easy. A Coca-Cola glaze results in a sweet, sticky crust on top, taking this meatloaf to the next level. Serve with some mashed potatoes and a veggie, and you’ve got a delicious meal to enjoy while you talk about the next one.

Southern Meatloaf with Coca-Cola Glaze

Meat Loaf

1 lb ground turkey
1 lb ground beef  80/20
2 cups whole wheat bread crumbs
1/2 large white onion, finely chopped
1 yellow bell pepper finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 T salt
1 T ground black pepper
1 T Cajun seasoning
2 large eggs, beaten
1 T butter, unsalted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, add enough fresh whole wheat bread to make 2 cups of crumbs. Then in a hot pan, saute, in butter, the yellow bell pepper and onion till translucent. In a large bowl combine all ingredients and, with your hands, work it together. Only work the meat and ingredients until it is well blended, but be gentle and don’t turn the meat into paste. Move the meat to a lightly greased cookie sheet and hand mold the meat into a loaf. Cover the meat in a heavy coat of the Coca-Cola Glaze and cook in the oven until the middle of the meat reads 160 degrees on a thermometer. When the meat reaches the correct temperature, remove from oven and cover with foil (it will carry over to 170 as it rests). If you want more of a crust, add more glaze and place under the broiler till crust is formed, being careful not to burn.  Slice, serve, enjoy!

Coca-Cola Glaze

10 oz. Coca-Cola
1 T spicy mustard
1/2 cup ketchup
1 clove garlic, minced

On medium-high, use a saucepan and reduce the Coca-Cola. After 10 – 15 minutes of reducing, add the ketchup, mustard and garlic. Lower the temp to a simmer and allow to continue for an additional 15 minutes. The flavors will become rich and sweet, and the texture will be almost syrup like. Remove warm and cover meatloaf.

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