Something for the whole family to feast on – Meatloaf made easy!!!
Homemade meatloaf, boiled veggies, a dollop of buttery mashed potatoes and lashings of curry sauce – this is a sumptuous treat in itself. Whether you like meatloaf the way your mom makes it or the way it’s made at your school cafeteria depends on your taste buds.
From using Italian pork sausages to ground beef and from veal meatloaf to assorted herbs, every likes their meatloaf in a different way. Meatloaf is an old American family staple and one that was predominantly made on family gatherings or Sundays after returning from church service. (Read more: How to choose the best meat grinder reviews)
Through the ages, the humble meatloaf has gone through many, many reincarnations and changes in avatar. However what it does retain till this day is the ability to draw the family, to the dining table and fill the stomach to the brim. No wonder then, that meatloaf is a favorite with moms all around the world.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Nutritional Values: Per serving of 4 oz. = 280 Calories
Serves: 4 to 6 people
Main Ingredients Required:
- A cup of onion, chopped very finely
- Celery, one stick, chopped finely
- Garlic, a few pods, minced
- I large carrot, chopped fine
- Scallions, a handful, chopped finely
- Unsalted butter, 6 teaspoons
- Salt, a couple of teaspoons (reduce if using soy sauce or Italian sausages)
- Black pepper, freshly ground, a teaspoon and a half
- Worcestershire sauce, couple of teaspoons
- Ketchup, about two-thirds of a cup
- Ground beef, a pound and a half
- Ground pork sausage, three quarters of a pound
- Bread crumbs, a cup
- Eggs, two large, beaten
- Parsley, a few tablespoons, chopped finely
Preparation or Method:
- While you arrange all the ingredients, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a deep bottomed pan, sauté the vegetables (onions, carrots, scallions, garlic and celery) in the butter and cook for a few minutes, on a medium flame, till the vegetables are tender.
- Cover the pan and cook for a further five minutes.
- Add the salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and the a third of the ketchup.
- Keep stirring and cook for another minute.
- In a bowl, combine beaten eggs, minced meats, cooked vegetables, bread crumbs, parsley and give everything a good stirring.
- With your hands, make into a rough ball and gently slide it into a buttered bread tin or rectangular baking pan.
- Ensure the sides are atleast 2 inches high or else the meatloaf won’t form the proper shape.
- Pour over the remaining ketchup, and bake in the preheated oven.
- Bake for one hour and check by inserting a knitting needle or skewer after one hour to see if the centre is done all through and not pinkish.
Any possible variations:
Swap beef with ground turkey meat for a leaner option.
How to Garnish/Serve Meatloaf?
- Place the meatloaf on a serving plate lined with fresh iceberg lettuce, juliennes of carrots, cabbage and beetroot.
- Drizzle homemade sauce on the top and gently slice the loaf into half an inch thick slices, using a bread knife.
- Serve meatloaf with homemade soup, boiled veggies, mashed potato and curry sauce.
- Place a thin slice of meatloaf between two slices of fresh bread, top with mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup and some pickles for a yummy mid meal snack or picnic meal.
How to store Meatloaf?
Meatloaf will freeze well and keep for a long time. The best way to freeze it is to first wrap the meatloaf tightly in aluminum foil.
Alternatively, place the meatloaf in an airtight freezer safe container. It must be frozen constantly at 5 degrees F or it may spoil.
Here are a few handy (tried and tested) hints:
- Add a dollop of fresh cream, a bay leaf and one finely ground, red pepper.
- Make a glaze of tomato ketchup, mustard, nutmeg and brown sugar.
- Try making the mixture into a loaf shaped mould on a cookie try and avoid putting into a bread or loaf tin. This way the outside will harden and turn a lovely crisp texture.
- Add some soy sauce and reduce the amount of salt, this is tangy, enhances the taste of the beef and a nice way to make things a little different.
- Mushroom soup added halfway through the baking process can be used as gravy and works well for all meatloaf recipes.
- For a gluten free meal, supplement the bread crumbs with puffed rice.
- Add a few strips of bacon on the top of the loaf, which prevents the meatloaf from drying out.