Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Best Meatloaf, ever

A fortnight ago, I bought a pre-made meatloaf from the supermarket and all I had to do was plonk it in our oven for an hour. It went down so well with the kids that the husband and I ended up only eating the sides of roasted vegetables for dinner and not much meatloaf.

That prompted me to go in search of a brilliant meatloaf recipe that I could make from scratch for my family and I found it via The Pioneer Woman whom I have been following for years.

This recipe calls for everyday ingredients, is super easy to put together, fills the home with unbelievably amazing aromas and oh-so-yummy for our tummies...and the sauce will BLOW. YOUR. MIND

The slightly modified Pioneer Woman's Meatloaf Recipe
The Meatloaf
1 kg minced beef
1 cup skim milk
6 slices of white bread
1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic salt
1/3 cup dried parsley
4 whole eggs, beaten
10 slices thinly sliced bacon
Freshly ground black pepper

1 cup tomato ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp dry mustard 

  1. Preheat oven to 200C. In a large and deep bowl, pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak for several minute while breaking it down with your fingers.
  2. Add the beef to the mushy soaked bread. Add Parmesan, Garlic salt, black pepper, parsley and eggs.
  3. With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well-combined. Form the mixture into a loaf shape in a roasting tray (lined with foil and grease proof paper).
  4. Lay bacon slices over the top,tucking them underneath the meatloaf.
  5. Make the sauce: Add all the ingredients and stir well. Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the bacon. Spread with spoon.
  6. Bake for 1 hour, then pour another 1/3 sauce over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.

Ta Da! The final product!

This delicious and filling meal was served with sides of roasted pumpkin & potatoes and steamed corn on the cobs and broccoli.

All of us inhaled this meal with gusto including our 3 year old toddlers. This is a meal I will serve up again in the not so distant future while the weather is cool.

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