There’s probably as many ways to cook meatloaf, as there are cooks in the world. And all of them are different most probably 😉 this is my way of making meatloaf. It’s pretty easy and laid back. Nice to make on a rainy Sunday afternoon and share with your family. The good part about this recipe is- you’re most likely to have all the ingredients on hand 😉 so let’s get started :
You will need: (serves 4-5)
600g of mixed mince meat – I use 60% pork and 40% beef
1 large onion, finely diced
2 tbsp of ketchup – Heinz is the best;)
3 cloves of garlic
2 heaped tsp of sharp mustard like dijon
1/2 tsp of dried thyme
1 1/2 tsp of worcestershire sauce
1 tsp of smoked paprika powder
salt and pepper to taste.
5 hard boiled eggs (if small)
1 bread/meatloaf tin
100g of breadcrumbs
so, start by cooking your eggs.Cook them for about 8 minutes or until they’re hard boiled.
The next step is to prepare your meatloaf mix. Tip your meat into a large bowl, add your breadcrumbs, your egg, your herbs,spices and seasonings. Everything goes into the meat at once,basically. If you wanted some extrea flavour,you could add some bacon,other herbs like rosemary or oregano,it’s completely up to you. This is just the basic recipe, whatever you do : season well with salt and pepper.
I mix the meat well, just until everything is incorporated, the trick with a good meatloaf is not to over mix.
Tip half of the meat-mix into your tin, and push into the sides and corners well. Push up the sides to make a nice little nest for your eggs 😉 take your eggs and put them in the middle, touching eachother,so there are no gaps between them. Now tip the leftover meat on top, and press well, covering all the holes,gaps and nooks. You want to make it compact around the eggs.
At this stage smear the top with ketchup if you want to. Makes for a nice crust.
Bake in a preheated oven 175 for about 45min or until fully cooked and browned on the outside. Let it cool slightly in the tin, then tip it out,cut and serve.
In my opinion a meatloaf should be served with some old fashioned sides like buttery mashed potato and peas&carrots or glazed carrots. That’s all it needs 😉 also great the day after,when its cold in a sandwich! hope you enjoy it! 😉