Eat Like a Princess - Tiana - Bayou Meatloaf

For Christmas my sister gifted The Disney Princess Cookbook to me. She said she thought it would be a good book for me and once my daughter and I could cook for together. I couldn’t wait to try out some of the recipes! Some are very simple such as Cinderella’s morning granola and some are more complex like Tiana’s Bayou Meatloaf. Since I also received a deep
frying thermometer for Christmas allowing me to take on deep frying beignets in my Dutch oven I figured I would start with meatloaf as our main course followed by beignets! I’m also going to be whipping up some gumbo which was not in the cookbook. 

Recipes in this book are laid out for learners which is great. I’m so excited to cook with our daughter - she already wants to stir pots, cut cookies, and add ingredients to the mixing bowls. The cookbook encourages kids to ask for help during chopping and heating steps for safety. So important! Our daughter is keen to tell us “hot!” when she sees something in the oven or on the stove. 

I grew up eating meatloaf as part of an average mid-western family. My mom’s recipe is all beef with cheese, ketchup and mustard mixed into the meatloaf. I love the cheese in her recipe especially the crispy bits on the bottom of the pan. Meatloaf is a easy dish and has so many variations I was curious to try this potentially southern variety. 

The spices included for Bayou Meatloaf are celery salt, garlic, paprika, pepper, and thyme. After doing some research, Bayou Meatloaf has memories of what Cajun or Creole meatloaf was like but really isn’t playing to it’s roots much. True southern recipes call for onion, celery, and green pepper (holy trinity), spices such as cumin, cayenne, bay leaf, Tabasco, and Worcestershire sauce.  The Princess Cookbook got the addition of dairy and beef/pork right as well as a tomato topper in the form of ketchup or a tomato gravy. 

I’m sure my husband is glad it wasn’t too close to the real thing. He isn’t a bell pepper, onion, or celery. Talk about a tough guy to please! Meatloaf was not on his mother’s dinner rotation either, so making meatloaf that he isn’t scared of is a struggle! His rating of this meatloaf was positive overall - coming from a guy who would never order meatloaf independently I feel like it was a win. He said he wanted more ketchup to dip in for more acid and moisture. Our daughter has a cold so she wasn’t interested in anything tonight, unfortunately, so jury is still out on our Mini Mouse’s opinion. 

As sides to the meatloaf I served buttered gold and yellow baby corn and I roasted some baby golden potatoes with olive oil and creole season for 35 min at 425 degrees. Yummy and easy!

Bayou Meatloaf 

1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1 tsp celery salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup minced onion
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup ketchup
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tbs honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and sides of a 2.5 qt casserole dish (a 9x13 worked for me). 
  2. Add meat to large bowl. 
  3. In a separate, smaller bowl mix celery salt, garlic, thyme, paprika, and pepper. Sprinkle over meat. 
  4. Add breadcrumbs, onion, ketchup, milk, and eggs to the meat. Use a wooden spoon (I used my hand) to stir until combined. Transfer to casserole dish and shape into loaf if using a larger pan, press into sides if using a smaller pan. 
  5. Bake for 50-70 minutes. Meanwhile, mix ketchup and honey for topping. Remove meatloaf from oven. Cover with topping and return to oven for 10-20 min. 
  6. Rest meatloaf for 5-10 minutes, slice and serve!

Overall this meatloaf has a nice texture and very mild flavor. It is not spicy. The ketchup topping adds a contrasting sweet and acidic tang to balance out the savory beef/pork/onion flavors. It was not dry at all. 

I am definitely going to try half pork/beef when I make meatloaf in the future. I also was a big fan of the ketchup topping which my mom left off when we were kids. I’m going to stick to the cheesy meatloaf I love with some new additions! What do you think of this recipe? Comment below!


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