Thursday, 27 February 2014

Renew the Menu: Easy Meatloaf

I have a bit of a thing with mince. I really do like it but I really prefer it in things where it can be sort of disguised, do you know what I mean? I am sure this harks back to my Girl Guide days where Savoury Mince was a regular menu item at camp, I never really enjoyed my time as a Girl Guide, I should have just accepted back then that I am really a 'glamping' kind of girl so to this day when I see anything resembling savoury mince it brings back bad memories!
 
One of my friends from work used to make a killer meatloaf and if I was lucky he would bring in a leftover meatloaf sandwich for me the next day. This is where I was converted to eating a mince dish where it is, well, staring you straight in the face! Having a hot or cold slice of meatloaf, slathered in barbeque sauce between two pieces of toast- this is where leftovers are at! Now even though I am happy to eat meatloaf when it is cooked for me I think I have only ever made it once for myself. So last night after staring at the mince for a while I decided to give it another try.

Super quick to prepare, easier to cook than hamburgers and eaten happily by the kids- what more could I ask for? Well I could have hoped for the illusive leftovers but it seems my toddlers have developed appetites akin to teenagers and I can't seem to fill them up!
 
I definitely give this two thumbs up, I basically adjusted one of my hamburger recipes and I thought it turned out tasty! Definitely a great go-to recipe when you are short on time and ingredients!
No such thing as a 'good' meatloaf photo!

Ingredients

500g organic beef mince
2 tablespoons tomato sauce *
2 tablespoons barbeque sauce*
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 onion diced
3/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 carrot, grated
1 egg, lightly beaten
Olive oil

*I use Fountain No Added Sugar tomato and barbeque sauce

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius

1. Dice onion and heat small frypan with 1 tablespoon olive oil
2. Fry onion till soft and translucent, set aside to cool
3. Place mince and all other ingredients in a bowl, add onion once cooled and mix together with clean hands
4. Press mixture into small loaf tin
5. Cook in oven for 25-30 minutes
6. Let cool on board for 5 minutes before cutting into slices

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