You cannot have an American cookbook without a meatloaf recipe. Just saying. So this recipe of course originated in that American cookbook of the same name, which is still available through me only!
Meatloaf is traditional salt-of-the-earth, corn-growing, cattle-raising, down-on-the- farm fare; no respectable sitcom housewife would be without her favourite meatloaf recipe. This is a little classier than your average meatloaf, and we tried to make them more appetising by using a mini loaf tin, but, in the end (look the other way if you have to), serve them with sauce and there will be no complaints as they are completely delish. If you insist on the big ole single meatloaf, cooking time will be a lot longer! Test with a meat thermometer. The centre needs to hit around 70°C and then be left to rest before slicing and serving.
Serve with Marinara Sauce on the side, Ketchup or other sauces of choice. These will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days, or 4 weeks if frozen, and are perfect for lunch boxes — they travel well.
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- 50 Grams linseeds
- 1-2 Handfuls parsley and/or other herbs of choice
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 brown onion halved
- 3 carrots, roughly chopped
- 2 stalks celery, including leaves, roughly chopped
- 100 Grams baby spinach leaves
- 150 Grams zucchini, roughly chopped
- 1 Kilo minced beef (or half beef, half pork)
- 2 eggs
- 2 Teaspoons pink salt flakes BUY
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Streaky bacon to line loaf holes
Preheat oven to 200°C and line 2 muffin or mini- loaf trays with rashers of streaky bacon.
Place linseeds into the Thermomix bowl and mill 30 seconds/speed 10. Remove and place into a large mixing bowl.
Place parsley, onion and garlic in the Thermomix bowl and chop 3 seconds/speed 7. Add to the mixing bowl.
Place carrots and celery in the Thermomix bowl and chop 5 seconds/speed 5 or until finely chopped. Add to the mixing bowl.
Place spinach and zucchini in the Thermomix bowl and chop 5–10 seconds/speed 4, until evenly chopped. Tip into the mixing bowl.
Add all remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix thoroughly with clean hands.
Press mixture into muffin holes up to the top of each hole, folding the bacon down over the top of the mix.
Bake 40–45 mins until golden brown (12-hole muffin trays take less time).
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