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I love comfort food and I love spicy food…when I can have both in one bite, well…that's pretty much my idea of perfect.
This is one of my favorite spicy comfort foods. Its meatloaf kicked up a few notches. There’s all kinds of goodness in this recipe – zippy pepper jack cheese, crunchy, French fried onions and my favorite: sizzling fried jalapeno coins.
Doesn’t this sound amazing?
It is! I’ve always loved a little heat with my food. The hotter the better. Spicy? Sign. Me. Up.
Here’s the thing, though: as I get older, my body doesn’t react well to spicy or acidic foods, no matter how much I love them.
My “Not Your Mamas Meatloaf” is seriously amazeballs. If you love spicy foods but they don’t love you back, there’s hope for you. I totally rely on Nexium 24HR when I want to indulge in my so-loved fiery goodies. It's one pill a day and it's been a very easy fix for my heartburn. Nexium 24-hour helps with heartburn and lets me enjoy my favorite spicy foods.
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Give “Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf” a go and see if you don’t agree. It looks pretty fancy…well, as fancy as meatloaf can look…but it’s easy enough for a weeknight. The jalapeno coins take a little bit of effort but they’re SO WORTH IT and really make the dish pop!
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 cup fine breadcrumbs
- 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 envelope of instant onion soup mix
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 4 oz diced pepper jack cheese
- 1 cup french fried onions
- 3 large jalapenos, sliced and seeded
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 table spoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 cup of safflower oil (Do NOT use olive oil)
- Combine beef, breadcrumbs, tomatoes, garlic powder, onion soup mix, eggs, and cheese into a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, thoroughly combine all ingredients
- I usually let the beef and breadcrumbs sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes...it's more comfortable to work with than straight-out-of-the-fridge ingredients
- Press into loaf pan and bake in a 375 oven for 50-60 minutes, until meat is no longer pink
- To make jalapeno coins: Slice and de-seed jalapenos. I strongly recommend wearing gloves while working with the jalapenos: the juice tends to linger on your hands for awhile no matter how much you scrub them
- Combine the flour, baking powder and garlic in a small mixing bowl. Add enough cold water to make a batter - should be just a little bit thinner than pancake batter
- Heat the oil in skillet to medium high
- Dunk the jalapeno slices in to the batter then pop in the hot oil. Cook for about 5 minutes (turning once) or until the jalapenos are golden brown. Drain/cool on paper towels
- To serve: lay slices of meatloaf over mashed potatoes. Spoon brown gravy over top (I usually use gravy from a jar) and top with french fried onions and jalapeno coins