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The Minced Meat Loaf


I made my first American meat loaf a few days ago, based off a recipe from Allrecipes.com, with a few minor tweaks just to accomodate my laziness to buy lack of ingredients.

What's not to like about this dish? The preparation was a breeze, the cooking process was minimal (just pop into the oven) and besides, my family loves their MEAT!!

But seriously, I thought the inside of the loaf looked boring and plain. I suppose because the glaze just sat on top of the loaf and not inside so the loaf looked, well, like a hamburger patty about to faint! To make it look more appetizing, I diluted the remaining glaze and heated it up until boiling and used it as a gravy. In any case, my brother seemed to like it - he ate 3 out of 10 slices in one sitting! I would probably make it again, just because it's so simple but perhaps, I will try to add some peas and carrots to give it some color.

Basic Meatloaf

- 400 grams minced beef, lean
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp salt
- pepper

Glaze
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tsp mustard

Preheat oven to 180C.

Lightly oil a 9"x5" loaf pan.

In a mixing bowl, mix up all the ingredients for the glaze and set aside.

In another large mixing bowl, lightly beat the egg with salt. Add the minced beef, oatmeal, cheese, milk and some pepper. Mix well and allow the milk to soak through the oatmeal, about 5 minutes.

Spread meat mixture into prepared loaf pan and press down firmly. Spread glaze on top and using a fork, give the meat a few pierces at random places.

Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven when done and allow to rest for 1/2 an hour. To serve, remove the meatloaf, and slice into 10 portions. Plate it and dress it with remaining glaze mixture, diluted to your desired consistency with water.

Comments

Nic said…
Mm... I love meatloaf! If you want to jazz your up a bit, try putting a few pieces of bacon inside the loaf. They'll add some great flavor. Putting a slice or two on top will work well, too.
galinusa said…
That's a great idea! I'll do that next time round. Thanks! :)
Chris said…
I layer my meatloaf with thinly sliced potatoes and french beans, then pack it real tight just so they don't collapse when sliced. It's a healthier variation too, considering everything else is (yummilicious) meat! Your's making me hungry now...

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