Sunday, June 24, 2012

Josie's Cheez-It Meatloaf

In my family Cheez-its are a big deal. They are a daily snack. Kids, parents, dog all love them. So, when I was making meat loaf this week I decided it might be a fun idea to use the Cheez-its in the meatloaf. I made two huge loaves and they were gone in minutes. I am pretty sure my dad ate half a loaf himself. He's a big guy and he had worked all day. He said it was really good. Please note that I don't always use exact measurements when cooking so feel free to add a bit and or leave out something/substitute to better suit your family. I cook and bake by taste. I'm all about recipe adjustments. I used ground turkey because I prefer it, but you can use regular ground beef as well. I also cooked for 8 so you can easily do a half recipe if you are not feeding an army like I am. Or make one and freeze one. I served it with mashed potatoes and corn because my kids love to mix those together. Enjoy!

~4 eggs beaten
~one small box of Cheez-its (I used the original flavor but if you are feeling experimental feel free to try a different flavor and let me know how it goes. Smash into crumbs.
~1 cup milk
~1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
~1/2 cup Cheddar (you can use a full cup Parm but Seth loves Cheddar)
~1 cup onion (I think I used a bit less- that's a lot of onion for some people)
~2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
~2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
~2 teaspoons garlic salt (because in my family everything has to have garlic)
~3 pounds of ground turkey
~2 cups ketchup
~ 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup sugar (to taste)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a very large bowl mix everything except the ketchup, sugars and Worcestershire sauce.
Put the meat mix into two loaf pans.

In a separate bowl combine ketchup, sugar and Worcestershire, Mix to taste. (some may like it less sweet than others) Spread over loaves.

Bake at 350 for an hour.