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by Paul Cormier, Salamanders of Kemptville

Ok, folks: time to get a bit more ambitious. This week’s offering is a super-duper Cajun Meat Loaf. It is delicious and a lot of fun to make. Ground pork is usually very lean, inexpensive and a great substitute for beef. You can accompany Cajun Meat Loaf with a side of mashed potatoes made with cream cheese and garlic and sprinkled with paprika (tasty and colourful). You can also select whatever other favourite veggie you want to have with it; as you know, meat loaf goes well with darn near anything. So here goes.

Cajun Meat Loaf Ingredients

2 pounds ground pork
2 large eggs
1⁄2 cup of tomato juice
1⁄4 cup of catsup
A dash each of Worcestershire Sauce and liquid smoke 1⁄4 cup Pommery mustard (or any other grainy mustard) A dash of lemon juice
1⁄2 cup Panko crumbs
1⁄2 cup salsa
1⁄2 cup Chorizo sausage, chopped finely
1⁄2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated
1 medium size onion chopped finely
1⁄2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 pound of bacon
Paprika

Process
Mix the ground pork, eggs, tomato juice, catsup, Worcestershire Sauce, liquid smoke, salsa, Panko crumbs, mushrooms, onions and catsup together by hand

Spread evenly about an inch thick on a sheet of waxed paper (if the mixture is too thin add a bit more Panko and remix); then, sprinkle the sausage bits and grated cheese on top; starting at one end, roll up into a log and place on or in a greased pan

Place a basket weave of bacon over the entire surface

Baste with Pommery mustard cut with a bit of lemon juice

Sprinkle with paprika and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour

Serve by carving a 1⁄4 pound slice for each person along with the sides you’ve chosen All the best to y’all and please keep in touch at [email protected]!

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