Not a small army. I mean an ARMY!!
Okay, maybe I exaggerate a little, but not by much.
This is the Cajun Meatloaf, created by Pastor Ryan for The Pioneer Woman Cooks. It was part of my menu plan about two weeks back, and when it showed up on my plan, I had several requests for feedback on the recipes.
Feedback number one: This makes alot of meatloaf. It should have been obvious to me. After all, it starts out with 2lbs of ground beef. Plus some pork. Plus 2 bell peppers. And then onions, and then celery, and then, and then and then.... You get the point. I was mixing the cooked and cooled veggie-breadcrumb mixture into the meat when my husband walked past me and commented, "That is going to be a huge meatloaf." That's about the time I actually noticed.
Feedback number two: A little cayenne powder goes along way. If you are feeding this to children, or wimps, ease up on the cayenne.
Feedback number three: My meatloaf could have been a bit firmer. If I'd added way more than 2 cups of breadcrumbs, that is. If you are a "leftover cold meatloaf sandwich the next day" kind of person, increase the breadcrumbs. If you don't mind some crumbling, then let it go.
When all was said and done, I had a huge meatloaf. We ate it for dinner, the four of us, then my husband had a large piece in his lunch the next day. I had a piece for lunch the next day. I sent home a full container to my inlaws, for dinner, and they probably had left overs the next day. I also froze a full containers worth, for a future meal.
So if you want something with a good kick of flavor, filled with lots of veggies, and that feeds alot. Head on over to The Pioneer Woman Cooks and find this recipe! Or just click here.
Oh, and in case you wondered, and I'm sure you did, my children inhaled the corn, they inhaled the asparagus, eventually they ate the potatoes, and they nibbled at their meatloaf. My children like vegetables, so that part of a meal is rarely a problem.