Homemade Meatloaf Recipes
Quick, healthy and easy homemade meatloaf recipes with ingredients and simple instructions:
These homemade meatloaf recipes are quick and easy to prepare with simple but nutritious ingredients. The vegetables can be added within making these ideal for children or those who won't eat veg on display on their plates. These take little time to prepare, are cheap to make and are tasty and filling, making them ideal for those on a limited budget. They can be served with gravy or your favourite tomato based sauce and can be accompanied with your favourite potatoes or rice.
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Easy Meatloaf Recipe
The first easy recipe has kindly been provided by The Pantry Cookbook by Michelle Clay who describes this as being just like meatballs but cooked in a loaf pan.
She recommends using a thermometer.
This is a particularly healthy recipe where a range of vegetables can be used.
Ingredients for Meatloaf
2lbs of minced beef.
3 slices of bread made into breadcrumbs in a blender.
Equal measures of vegetables when balanced against the volume of breadcrumbs. We like to use 8 mushrooms, 1 onion and 1 sweet potato. Michelle also suggests winter squash, kale carrots, etc. The vegetables should be finely chopped or grated. We use a blender to make the vegetables as fine as possible.
Salt and pepper.
Herbs depending on taste. We use sage and rosemary. Michelle also suggests a spice mix.
This will make 2 2lb loaf tins. One to eat and one to freeze and reheat at a later date.
How To Make Meatloaf
Mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Put into a loaf pan.
Bake at 180C until the internal temperature reaches about 74C which should take one hour.
Serve with ketchup, gravy, your favourite tomato based sauce, potatoes, rice and fresh vegetables.
Michelle suggests removing after 40 minutes to drain off any excess fat if you are using fatty meat. This grease can be kept in a bowl and used for making gravy. Cook for another 20 minutes so that the temperature stated above is reached.
Leftover slices can be frozen using parchment paper to prevent them sticking together. She also suggests using them to make chili or marinara sauce with meat.
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Our next simple recipe has kindly been provided by Little Old Lady Recipes who suggests that this dish can turn you into a kitchen magician by using kitchen odds and ends to make a extraordinary meat dish.
One and a half pounds of ground beef or other meat
Quarter of a pound of bread
Quarter of a cup of walnuts as an optional ingredient
One teaspoon of salt
Onion and celery salt
Half a cup of canned tomato paste
A few strips of bacon
This takes minutes to prepare like the other beef recipe. In a large bowl beat the egg well and combine in the meat, bread, nuts, seasoning and tomato. Mix thoroughly.
Form into a loaf or place into a loaf pan. Lay the bacon strips on the top.
If you choose to form the loaf yourself then place in a roasting pan greased with a bit of fat. Bake in the pre-heated oven at 175C or 350F for one hour, basting often.
Alternative uses for leftovers described in Little Old Lady Recipes include cutting the meat loaf into one inch squares and then serving on crackers as a hors d'oeuvre as a party snack, as a sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonnaise or serve a slice over ziti pasta covered with your favourite tomato sauce.
Miniature Meat Loaves
This is reproduced with kind permission from Tiny Food Party!: Bite-Size Recipes for Miniature Meals whose review can be read on the party food recipes page.
It differs from those above because it is designed to be served as bite sized individual portions on a stick or fork at parties.
This miniature meat loaves recipe is described by the author as a classic comfort food for grown-ups.
Half a small diced yellow onion
One peeled and diced carrot
Two minced garlic cloves
Half pound lean ground beef
Half pound ground pork
Eight tablespoons of instant oats. If you prefer a smoother texture then finely grind the instant oats in a food processor before adding them to the meat mixture.
One lightly beaten egg
One and a half tablespoons of minced oregano
Half a tablespoon of minced thyme
Half a tablespoon of minced rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste
For the Meat Loaf Glaze:
Twelve tablespoons of tomato ketchup
Three tablespoons of light brown sugar
One tablespoon of honey
Two tablespoons of ground ginger
Preheat the oven to 375F. Put the vegetables, garlic, meat, oats and egg into a large mixing bowl and mix together until thoroughly combined. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Gently fold in the herbs. Shape into eight 2 ounce loaves. Place in a lightly greased mini loaf pan and repeat with the remainder.
In a small bowl whisk the glaze ingredients. Set aside half of the mixture. Brush the tops of the meat loaves with half of the glaze and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and drain the accumulated liquid. Brush the tops with the remaining glaze and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Remove them from the pan and let them cool for 7 minutes before slicing. Serve warm as finger food on sticks by slicing them to about half an inch slices and skewering with cocktail sticks or forks. This will make it easy for your guests to enjoy during a buffet. This will serve 8 people.
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