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Jalapeno Cheddar Meatloaf

June 30th,2015


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Jalapeno Cheddar Meatloaf

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but the Husbear loves meatloaf. You know what else he loves? Jalapeno cheddar anything. All the way home from work this morning, I was wondering what to cook. I knew I would have to go to the grocery store, since I had forgotten to take some meat out from the freezer yesterday and I hate defrosting in the microwave. Chicken breast is on sale, a good price too, but we’ve had a lot of chicken breast lately (since, as I said, it’s been on sale). Ground chicken is on sale, too; a little bit more than whole breasts, believe it or not, but on sale nonetheless. Unfortunately, I did not remember until now that I actually own a meat grinder and could have bought the breasts instead. Oh well. Anyway, I decided to make a jalapeno cheddar chicken loaf. Why? Like I said, the Husbear loves meatloaf, jalapeno, and cheddar. So why not? I had been thinking of making a jalapeno popper meatloaf, but I’m feeling lazy today. I will definitely be trying that soon, since this simpler version turned out so amazingly awesome. Seriously.

For about $20 Canadian, I was able to throw together this really quick and easy — and delicious, most importantly — meatloaf. 900g of ground chicken (about two pounds I think) cost me $8, plus $5 for a 450g (about one pound) brick of cheddar (that was on sale, too), $2 for five jalapenos, and $2 for some ranch, this was an awesomely cheap meal for two that has some leftovers. I made it with instant mashed potatoes I bought at Costco a long time ago. No idea how long ago. Personally, I don’t think real mashed potatoes taste better enough to bother, so I always use instant. I made them into ranch mashed potatoes by swapping the butter and milk with ranch dressing. My buddy Diy was hesitant, but I knew ranch potatoes was a great idea. She ended up agreeing.

This bakes for about an hour, but only required maybe 15 minutes worth of actual work. It was such an easy meal, and so tasty. The Husbear actually came back for more about four times. I was expecting leftovers, since I made two loaves, but he has informed me that no such thing shall be happening. Oh well. Tomorrow is a holiday here in Canada, so I better remember to take those chicken breasts out of the freezer.

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Measurements aren’t estimates for once, since I used the entire package of anything I bought. Yay! I hope you enjoy if you try it. I certainly did. Diy’s only complaint was that she wanted more seasoning, but she didn’t put ranch dressing on top (obviously a jalapeno cheddar meatloaf needs ranch dressing).

Jalapeno Cheddar Meatloaf
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 2lb Ground Chicken
  2. 5 Jalapenos, diced
  3. 1lb brick of Cheddar
  4. Crushed Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F
  2. If you want, remove the seeds from the jalapeños. I always do, because I don't like the texture, but you don't have to. I use a spoon to scrape them. Dice them up and put them in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Cube half the cheese, and grate the rest. Put all the cubed cheese into the mixing bowl and most of the grated, saving some to top the meatloaves.
  4. Add crushed pepper and the ground chicken (or any other ground meat you like) to the bowl and mix everything well, with your hands.
  5. Divide the meat mixture in half and form into two logs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put in the oven and bake for one hour. While they're baking, you can periodically open the door and scoop up the melty cheese with a spatula and smooth it onto the loaves. There will be a lot of melty cheese.
  6. Once the hour has passed, remove the loaves and top with the rest of the shredded cheese. Turn the oven to broil and put the loaves back in, removing when the cheese has reached your prefered level of meltiness and crustiness.
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