I love meatloaf. Not Meat Loaf the American singer with that 'oh so powerful' voice, but the loaf-shaped meat dish. There's little doubt that meatloaf in the UK has got a bad rap as being an American dish which nobody much likes. For me it used to have connotations of watching 90s christmas films where the protagonist has to stoically endure festive family suppers and the awfully dry meat loaf made to grandma's recipe.
But I think the truth is so far from this. I'm calling for a meat loaf renaissance. For anyone who has never had it, a good meatloaf is remarkably tasty and succulent. It's not too dissimilar from a very large burger, yet it has so much more flavour and is infinitely moister, and it's also so easy to make. I like to serve it with Hasselback potatoes, a simple tomato sauce, and a little salad. It's one of my dad's all time favourite meals and I'd highly recommend you make it.
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 500g pork mince
- 750g beef mince
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 1 tsp oregano
- 3 grated carrots (finely grated if possible)
- 150g breadcrumbs
- Topping: 3 tbsp ketchup and 1 tbsp brown sugar, stirred together.
- Preheat the oven to 200deg.
- Put a frying pan on a medium heat. Add a splash of olive oil, followed by the onion and garlic. Cook for about 5-10 mins until soft.
- Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl along with the cooked onion and garlic. This is best done by taking your clean hands and giving the mixture a good squeeze and stir. You want all of the mixture to be well-combined,
- Transfer the mixture over to a lightly greased baking tray (approximately 20 x 30 cm) and spread well. Alternatively, form the mixture into a loaf shape on a large greased baking tray.
- Take the ketchup and sugar mixture and spread over the top of the meat mixture.
- Transfer to the oven and cook for 1hr 15mins.
- Slice, serve and enjoy.