|Spicy Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf
For the loaf:
1 TBS canola oil
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
1/2 bulb fennel, cored and finely diced
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1/3 cup whole milk
1/3 cup fresh parsley, minced
1 TBS fresh oregano, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 TBS pureed Chipotle in adobo
1/4 cup ketchup
3 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 TBS Montreal (Tony's Calgary Steak) seasoning
1/2-1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
For the topping:
3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup pureed Chipotle in adobo (or less if you don’t like spicy food)
2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
2 TBS Dijon mustard
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place rack in upper 1/3 of oven.
Place a large saute pan over medium heat. Add canola oil to the pan and allow the oil and pan to preheat. Once the pan is hot (about 2-3 minutes), add the diced onions, fennel, and red pepper. Season with a pinch of kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Saute over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are completely translucent and fennel is soft. Remove from heat and allow veggies to cool slightly, 1-2 minutes.
While the veggies are cooling, prepare the topping. Add all ingredients for the topping into a small mixing bowl. Whisk to combine thoroughly.
Place the fresh bread crumbs into a large mixing bowl. Add whole milk and stir. Once the bread crumbs have absorbed all of the milk, add the sauteed veggies to the bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients for the loaf into the mixing bowl. Using your hands, thoroughly mix all of the ingredients into the ground beef.
Pour the mixture out onto a sheet pan. Form the meat into a long loaf about 3 to 4 inches tall and 4 to 5 inches wide. Once the loaf has taken shape, pour the topping down the center of the top of the loaf, lengthwise. Using the back of a spoon, evenly spread the mixture over the top allowing a small amount of the topping to slightly drizzle down the sides.
Place meatloaf into a preheated 350 degree oven on the rack in the upper 1/3. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes until the loaf has cooked through and the topping has begun to caramelize. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy! - slightly adapted from http://www.whatwereeating.com/recipes/chipotle-glazed-meatloaf/