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Introduction & method

Like apple pie and hamburgers, meatloaf is almost a synonym for American cooking. It usually has a tomato ketchup-based glaze, but this recipe doesn't. It has a very tasty gravy instead.

Meatloaf Recipe

Make Mirepoix

Peel the onion, and finely chop it along with the celery and carrot. Melt a large knob of butter in a frying pan on medium heat and sauté the vegetables until softened but not browned - about 5 minutes. Put a tight-fitting lid on the pan, turn the heat right down low, add the herbs and bay leaves and let the veggies sweat for about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool down until the mixture is at room temperature. Remove the bay leaves and the herbs if you used fresh ones.

Make the Meatloaf Mix

In a large bowl, mix together the meat, breadcrumbs, eggs and salt and pepper. If you're worried about how your seasoning will taste, you can make a small patty with some of the mixture, fry it off and taste it. Heat your oven to 180°C (356°F) if it's a fan oven, 200°C (392°F) if it isn't, gas 6. Line the inside of a loaf tin with bacon, overlapping the rashers very slightly. Spoon in the meatloaf mixture, then fold over any overhanging bacon. Wrap the loaf tin and meatloaf in aluminium foil.

Bake the Meatloaf

Place the baking sheet and loaf tin in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Then remove it from the oven and unwrap the foil from the top. Baste the meatloaf with any juices from the tin. Turn the oven down to 160°C (320°F) fan, 180°C (356°F) normal, gas 4, and cook the meatloaf for another 30-40 minutes.

Make the Gravy/Glaze

In a small saucepan, mix the mustard, jam and chicken stock, and boil rapidly until it is reduced and thickened somewhat.

When the meatloaf is done, remove from the tin and allow to cool a little. You can eat it hot with mash and green veg, or let it cool completely and slice it thinly for sandwiches.


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Ingredients & Info

 250 grams minced beef
 250 grams minced pork
 1 medium onion
 1 carrot
 1 stick of celery
 2 eggs
 125 grams breadcrumbs
 to taste salt & pepper
 sprig of fresh rosemary
 2 sprigs of fresh thymes
 2 bay leaves
 500 ml chicken stock
 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
 4 tbsp blackcurrant jam


Butter for sautéeing.

US Customary/Imperial

Makes 1 loaf
Prep time: 20 minutes.
Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes.
Total time: 1 hour 40 minutes.