Sunday, July 29, 2007

A Pleasant Surprise


Generally I’m not a big fan of meatloaf. That is, I love Meatloaf the man, but I’m not overly fond of meatloaf the meal! The meatloaves I have eaten and cooked in the past have been solid heavy slabs of meat that were unappetising and, quite frankly, unpleasant. I had a recipe that I followed a couple of times and Hubby and #1 enjoyed it but I ended up pushing to meat to one side and eating the vegies. Having said that, every time I mention meatloaf people tell me how much they love it and what great memories they have of their Mum or Nanna’s meatloaf. I figured that there had to be something behind it and when I came across this recipe I decided to give it another go. I thought that because this recipe was very simple the end result would be reasonable cut and dried – a quick yes, I can live with this or no, I’m never making meatloaf again. To my own surprise, this was a winner. I really enjoyed the end result and everyone else polished theirs off quick smart.

Old Fashioned Meatloaf
From
Australian Table magazine, May 2007


Step 1: Mix 1kg beef mince (ground beef), 100g breadcrumbs, 1 chopped onion, ½ cup tomato sauce, 2 beaten eggs, 2 tablespoons each chopped thyme and parsley, and seasoning.
Step 2: Preheat oven to 180˚C. Knead mixture to combine. Pack lightly into a greased 14 x 21cm loaf pan.
Step 3: Cook for 1 hour, until loaf shrinks from sides of pan. Pour of excess juices and reserve for gravy. Set meatloaf aside to rest for 10 minutes.
Step 4: Pour juices into pan, add 2 tablespoons flour and stir on medium heat. Add 1 ½ cups beef stock , simmer for 3 minutes. Serve over meatloaf with vegies.

5 comments:

Karen Beth said...

I don't eat red meat but back when I did, I didn't like meatloaf until I found one very specific recipe for it. Yours looks good too. I've never had meatloaf with gravy. Looks very delicious!

Claire said...

I'm not a big fan of meatloaf, though my brother loves it (He's a true meat and potatoes guy!). My mom's recipe is pretty good and is not dry at all. The sauce is from tomato soup and mustard...I DO like the sauce she uses!

Red Dirt Mummy said...

Hi Karen Beth. We'd have gravy with just about everything if we could! But roasts and meatloaf are a must.

What is it about our Mum's cooking, Claire? They seem to get things 'just right' don't they?

kazari_lu said...

Yum,

I've been on the lookout for an edible meatloaf recipe for ages. Thanks for this : )

Red Dirt Mummy said...

You're welcome Kaz!