Winter means comfort food and one of the easiest, hardiest comfort foods is meatloaf. Now meatloaf is sometimes the best when you use what you have in the fridge and create a one of a kind meal. I like to do this with alot of the meals I make, I'm not really big on recipes. As long as I have a general idea of what I'm making I have no problem with a little of this or alot of that.
I started with 1.5 of ground beef. The rest was what I found in the fridge. That ended up being green peppers, green onions, mushrooms, and 2 mild sausages, and some provolone that ended up tucked into the middle.
Here's how I did it. I put the ground beef into a bowl. Removed the casings from the sausages, broke it up and added it to the bowl. Next I broke an egg into the bowl. The egg acts as a binder for the mixture. Since we are trying to go gluten free I used about 1/2 cup of gluten free bread crumbs. If you want to use regular bread crumbs that's fine too. Next came the veggies- about 1/4 cup of each. Add half a tsp of salt and pepper and that's it!
Mix it all up and place it on a piece of tinfoil. I like to do my meatloafs free form- no pan. I made a bottom layer then added a couple of slices of provolone and topped with the rest of the meat mixture. Form it into the size and shape loaf you want as long as it's even so it cooks evenly. The I placed the tinfoil and meatloaf into a pyrex baking pan, you could use a cookie sheet too. The best part is next, pouring Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce on the top of the meatloaf.
Cook in a 350 oven for about 30-40 minutes depending on the size of the loaf. It will be firm and no longer soft when you press down on it when it's done.
The cheese is a nice little surprise when you cut into it!
You could add any veggies you want to this or use a hot and spicy sausage or not use sausage at all- it's up to you and whatever you have on hand. I roasted potatoes and brussel sprout with onions, again because it's what we had on hand! Mashed potatoes would also be yummy.