That’s probably the cheesiest blog title I could write isn’t it? But it is very early in the morning l, and it does convey how I feel about this yummy, versatile, easy-peasy food(conveys none of my true feelings on the singer, but that’s more about my dislike of soft rock ballads and less about the man).
If you’ve never tried to make meatloaf I would urge you to do so, even cooked(and eaten) only once you’ll fall in love. There are so many ways to “pimp” your loaf(spices/herbs in the mix) and SO many ways to eat it(think sandwiches, a slice as a “burger”, or a snack in your hand at 3:24am, not that I’ve done that one. Ever.)!
I’d marry meatloaf if I could. See? Told you it’s power is immense!
Here’s what you need for two BIG loaves(you can stash one in the deep freeze so I recommend making this much):
2lb of turkey mince(you can use other meat too, go on knock yourself out!)
1 onion chopped as fine as you can manage
5 slices of white bread made into breadcrumbs(I use the shop bought “plastic” stuff here but if you’re a baker of artisan bread use that)
1/2 cup of porridge oats(I used Scottish oats from Stoats)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup mushrooms chopped small
1 cup of Parmesan grated
1/2 tsp salt
Good grinding of back pepper
8 slices or so of GOOD bacon(regular rashers or streaky is fine the important thing is to have good bacon. Seriously I tried inferior stuff and it was less than impressive. I used Cure & Simple’s Old Fashioned)
For the topping:
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1/4 cup of breadcrumbs
Here’s what to do:
Preheat oven to 180/350
Fry chopped onion until soft and translucent(if you’ve minced it, save time and skip this step).
Add herbs to onion.
In a large bowl put breadcrumbs and oats, pour over milk and set aside for 5 minutes.
Put your favourite song on the CD machine/record player/iPod/gramophone and dance around the kitchen.
Next add to the breadcrumb/oat mix the mince, tip in the cheese, salt and good grinding of pepper, throw in the onions, crack in 4 eggs, do a little dance, get down tonight!
Squish together with your hands(that you’ve washed) to combine, don’t go too mad here, overworking is the enemy of a nicely textured loaf!
Form into a loaf shape.
Lay bacon over top.
Place in oven for 35-40 mins.
While the magic is happening make the topping sauce by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl. Wow, hard work right? you deserve a cup of coffee! 🙂
Take the loaf from the oven and spread the sauce in a line down the middle(lengthways).
Put back in the oven for 15-20 mins.
After the time is up, take meatloaf(loaves) from oven. Cool a little before cutting as this makes slicing easier(the next day is even easier still)!
Serve with mash and veggies, that kind of thing.
Go out and buy an engagement ring & hire a tux/white frock.