Hellooooo hope you are all well. It’s good to be back
I’ve been dying to share this meaty recipe with you all. Before I made this, I had only associated Meatloaf with The Simpsons cartoon, where the kids and Homer moan about how boring it is! But, reading the ingredients, it didn’t sound boring to me!
I was given Nigella Lawson’s ”Kitchen” cookbook as a Xmas gift (thanks Colin ) and this is the first thing I’ve made from it (although I’ve got my eye on the chicken, chorizo & potato bake llarrr!). When I’m looking through recipes, I usually look for one that will use up the things I already have at home (waste not, want not and all that jazz). So this one was perfect.
The recipe calls for beef mince, but I used half beef, half pork (I got the pork for £1 out of Asda, in the “reduced” aisle as it was nearing its sell-by date. I froze it on day of purchase and let it defrost overnight. Bargain!). Here’s what else I used:
Ingredients (Serves 8, apparently. I’d say 6…):
4 onions, diced as finely as you can
500g beef mince
500g pork mince
1 pack of smoked bacon (the recipe calls for 225g thin cut streaky bacon, but I had the thick cut bacon…)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
First, I boiled 3 of the eggs (leaving one remaining) and fried the onions till translucent, then allowed to cool. I also preheated the oven to 200 degrees.
I put the beef, pork, onions and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl, then squished it all together with my hands. I added the remaining raw egg and breadcrumbs then mixed again.
I took half the mixture and moulded it into a long oval shape, and placed my wee boiled eggs on top.
I moulded the rest of the mixture over the top, pressing down gently to get in all the nooks of the eggs. I wrapped the lot with my bacon, tucking in at the bottom.
I put in the oven for 1 hour, then let rest for 15 minutes.
I clearly didn’t tuck it in enough, as it started curling up during cooking. It’s probably because I used the wrong type of bacon, but I wasn’t bothering. It’s all getting cut up anyway!
I was so impressed when I cut it open!
I served this in big, hearty chunks with creamy mash, roasted parsnips, marrowfat peas (I HATE garden peas), and smothered it in a gravy I made up using: a glass of red wine and an Oxo cube dissolved in about 200ml water, boiled till reduced slightly, then added a tsp of beef gravy granules, giving it the consistency I wanted (it doesn’t sound like much, but mmmmm it was flavoursome!).
Definitely a lovely, comforting dinner for a miserable day!
Nigella says she likes to put her leftovers in a sandwich the next day. I wrapped mines up in foil, put in the fridge and completely forgot about them! Oops! What was that I was saying about waste not, want not?
In other news…
I follow a wonderful blog called A Glug of Oil, and one day she posted about a Fairy Hobmother doing the rounds. He was granting wishes to food bloggers and he gave her an Ice Cream Maker! I commented on her blog (chanced my arm), and look what came my way…
I’m so unbelievably chuffed with my teeny food processor; it’s so cute! The Fairy Hobmother is actually Ian from Appliances Online, and he said that anyone who comments with a ”wish” has the chance of being visited by him aswell! Go for it… you don’t ask, you don’t get!
Anyway, it was lovely posting again. Now time to go and visit all the food blogs and drool over food (I’ve missed it so!).