Debo’s Savory Southern Cake of Beef

You’ve heard it, “Beef…It’s what’s for dinner”.  Well just try renaming “meatloaf”…you know, the traditional, all American, every mom/dad makes one.  Just about impossible to rename.  You may ask, “why would you want to”.  For some reason the name is bland and unappetizing to me.  So here I give you the recipe to Debo’s Southern Savory Cake of Beef.  Make it truly Southern by cooking up a batch of mashed potatoes, biscuits & gravy to go with 🙂 If you’d like a gravy recipe let me know.

This recipe got two thumbs up from my kiddos.  Luke said. “Mom, I like this one so much better that the other one.”  I said, “which one”.  He said, “You know the one with those out in the open onions“.  Perfectly stated Luke!  I love his descriptiveness!  In this recipe I caramelize the onions to give it an extra special, not so out in the open flavor.

Debo’s Savory Southern Cake of Beef

You’ll need:

  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
  • 3 Cups of Onions (diced)
  • 6 Tablespoons Garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Fresh Rosemary (chopped)
  • 1.5 teaspoons Fresh Thyme (chopped)
  • 3/4 Cup Red Wine (I used a blend)
  • 1 (1 pound & 12 ounce) Can Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes with basil, oregano & garlic (drained)
  • 1.5 Tablespoons Molasses
  • 2 teaspoons Chipotle Peppers (minced)
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 3/4 Tablespoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 pounds Lean Ground Beef
  • 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • 3 Whole Eggs (use 4 for a more firm cake)
  1. Heat butter and oil over medium low heat.  Add onions and cook slowly for about 20 minutes until a good light to medium caramel color.
  2. Turn heat up to medium to medium high.  Add the garlic and and herbs.  Saute for 1-2 minutes then deglaze the pan with the red wine and let reduce to at least half for about 5-7 minutes
  3. Remove from heat.  Place mixture in a large mixing bowl.  Add drained tomatoes, molasses, chipotle peppers, salt, pepper, eggs, and cheese.  Mix all of these ingredients thoroughly.
  4. Last add the meat and mix until well combined…use your hands 🙂