Since I was a child my mother used to make delicious meat loaf for special occasions on Sundays when some family visited from far away. And I used to absolutely love it! I just couldn't wait for it to come out of the oven and to be on the table. Even the next day we enjoyed it if there was some left over. A few christmas seasons ago, we were looking after people's house while they were overseas and for that christmas we decided to make meat loaf again, my husband's recipe. Now I share this devine recipe with you, especially in this cold winter months lying ahead, this is a nice meat loaf recipe to make and get the house warm with the stove on! Enjoy this with rice,
pumpkin tart or green beans with silvered almonds.
Serves: 6 Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 100 Minutes Ready in: 120 Minutes Nutrition: Calories 149 Carbs: 4.5g Protein: 17g Fat: 6g Ingredients: MEAT LOAF100 g carrots, diced 55 g celery, diced 1 onion, diced 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped 4 large white mushrooms, sliced 25 g butter 1 Tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for brushing 3 garlic cloves, peeled 1 teaspoon dried thyme 2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 4 Tablespoons tomato sauce(ketchup) ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper 1.1 kg beef mince 2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 2 eggs, beaten 55 g bread crumbs peas and mashed potatoes to serve GLAZE2 Tablespoons brown sugar 2 Tablespoons tomato sauce(ketchup) 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard salt to taste
Put the vegetables into a food processor and pulse until very finely chopped, scraping down the bowl several times with a spatula.
Melt the butter with the oil and garlic in a large frying pan.
Add the vegetable mixture and cook over a medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes, until most of the moisture has evaporated and the mixture is lightly caramelized.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the thyme, rosemary, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce(ketchup) and cayenne pepper.
Leave to cool to room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 160° Celsius .
Lightly brush a shallow roasting tin with olive oil.
Put the beef into a large bowl and gently break it up with your fingertips.
Add the cooled vegetable mixture, salt, pepper and eggs and mix gently with your fingers for just 30 seconds.
Add the breadcrumbs and continue to mix until combined.
The less you work the meat, the better the texture of the meatloaf.
Put the meatloaf in the centre of the prepared roasting tin, dampen your hands with cold water and shape it into a loaf of about 15 cm wide by 10 cm high.
Dampen your hands again and smooth the surface.
Bake int the centre of the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile make the glaze.
Whisk together the brown sugar, ketchup(tomato sauce), mustard and a pinch or two of salt in a small bowl.
ASSEMBLING AND FURTHER BAKING:
Remove the meatloaf from the oven and spread the glaze evenly over the top with a spoon and spread some down the sides as well.
Return it to the oven and bake further for 35-45 minutes.
Remove and leave to rest for at least 15 minutes.
Serve with peas and mashed potato .
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