Chef Jason Azevedo
Esquire Grill
1213 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 448-8900 
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Chef Jason Azevedo has made his name as the man with the cured meats as well as a successful pop up restaurants owner in Sacramento. Most recently, Jason was the Executive Chef at Mighty Tavern. Currently, Azevedo can be found mixing things up in the kitchen at Esquire Grill. Azevedo has stepped up to the plate with some recipes that will change the way you think about this comfort food. Most people see meatloaf as bland leftovers, or perhaps that one dish the kids always dread when mom makes it. Well, this article will give you some options that you are not likely to have come up with on your own. These recipes are easy to follow and creative, so grab your shopping list and get cooking!


The Basic Meatloaf

This first recipe is Chef Jason’s version of a classic meatloaf dish. While this is a very basic recipe, the end result is all flavor. There is nothing difficult about this one. This meatloaf dish is a great place to start on your road to becoming a meatloaf pro.

2 lb ground beef
1 cup onion, small diced
1 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1 cp ketchup
2 tb Worcestershire
3 tbs salt
1 tb pepper 

Sauté onions, let cool. Mix all ingredients into a homogeneous mixture. Put into a loaf pan, making sure no air pockets exist. Bake at 375 for 45 mins, looking for a 155 internal temp. Let rest 15 mins out of oven.

Smoked Meat Loaf

If you like meat at all, chances are you like smoked meat. This recipe will take the classic recipe and add smoky goodness to the mix. The smoked meatloaf recipe will bring your meatloaf game to a whole new level. If you don’t own a smoker…get one.

2 lb ground beef
1 cup onion, small dice
1 cup bread crumb
1 cup ketchup
2 eggs 
2 tb Worcestershire
3 tbs salt
1 tb pepper
1 tb sugar 
2 tb garlic 

Sauté onions and garlic, let cool. Mix all ingredients into a homogeneous mixture. Put into a loaf pan, making sure no air pockets exist. Bake at 375 for 45 mins, looking for a 155 internal temp. Let cool to 100 degrees. Place in smoker and cold smoke for 1 hour.

Thanksgiving Day Meatloaf

Thanksgiving has to be the biggest eating day in the United States. Leftovers are almost always unavoidable. Here’s a way to put a spin on Thanksgiving dinner using ground turkey for a turkey meatloaf. If changing tradition seems too daring for you, then use this recipe as a good way to put all of that leftover stuffing to good use. However you decide to approach it, this recipe is bound to be a favorite. 

2 lb ground turkey 
2 eggs
1 lb leftover stuffing/dressing
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tb salt
1/2 cp milk
1 tb Worcestershire
1 tb hot sauce 

Reserve stuffing while mixing all ingredients. Once all ingredients are incorporated, place half of the batter in a loaf pan then form stuffing into a log, as tight as possible. Pour over rest of batter. Let sit 1 hour in fridge. Bake at 375 in water bath for  1 hour. Cook until 155 internal temp

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Bavarian Sausage Loaf 

2 lbs ground pork
1 lbs bratwurst medium diced
1/2 cup cream 
2 eggs
1 tb dried ginger
1 tb nutmeg
1/2 cup beer
1 cup panko 
3 tb salt
1 cup onions

Sweat onions with beer and half the spices. Let cool. Sauté diced sausage, let cool. Incorporate all ingredients. Place into loaf pan, making sure there are no air pockets. Bake in oven at 375 for 45 mins.

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<div class=”basicsection fifty50_rw divider”As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for Examiner.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.