Meatloaf - Delicious Fall Comfort Food
It is hearty, satisfying, nutritious, and homey, often bringing back happy memories when the fragrant, browned, and the juicy loaf is presented at the table. Meatloaf has been a favorite in many countries for years, reportedly first appearing in this country toward the end of the nineteenth century. It has since become a family dining staple and an American classic, appealing to all ages. Moreover, with the renewed interest in comfort food, great homemade meatloaf is more popular than ever, and is often featured on the menu of upscale restaurants. Though pleasing to the palate and offering complex layers of flavor, meatloaf is simplicity itself: a mixture of ground meat, starch, binder, liquid, vegetables, and seasonings made into a loaf and baked in the oven. Derived from traditional English meat-and-bread pudding and the renowned pâtés of France, the preparation is extremely versatile, lending itself well to a wide range of meats (as well as poultry and fish), vegetables, cheeses, herbs, spices, and other ingredients. A perfect meatloaf is a balance of ingredients that yields a tender yet firm loaf, with a blend of matching flavors. Enjoy the exciting array of choices in Meatloaf and prepare the recipes that will please family or a crowd and add variety to your meal planning. Meatloaf Ingredients: For the Meatloaf 15 oz minced beef 1 (1.4 oz) packet French onion soup mix 2 eggs One tablespoon plain flour One teaspoon soy sauce For the Sauce One tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder 1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder One teaspoon oil Three tablespoons plum jam Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Mix all meatloaf ingredients together well. 2. Shift to an oiled baking tray and mold into a loaf. Mix sauce ingredients together and spoon sauce over bread. 3. Cook in preheated oven for 20 minutes, then reduce temperature to 180 C / Gas 4. Cook for a further 25 minutes. Turkey and spinach meatloaf Ingredients: 6 garlic cloves Olive oil, as needed 2 oz fresh spinach 1 onion, minced Salt to taste 24 oz turkey mince Ground black pepper to taste 1 pinch cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried thyme Directions 1. Place the garlic in a small saucepan and pour over enough olive oil to cover. Simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes until garlic is soft. 2. Be careful not to brown the garlic. Strain some of the olive oil into a large frying pan, take out the garlic cloves, crush them and set aside. Reserve the rest of the garlic oil. 3. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5. 4. Heat the frying pan over a medium heat and cook and stir onion in garlic oil until soft. Add the spinach in batches and cook and stir until wilted. Take out of the pan, drain well and spread out on kitchen paper to dry and cool. 5. In a large bowl combine the turkey, spinach, crushed garlic cloves and spinach and knead until well mixed. Season with salt, pepper, cayenne and thyme. 6. Line a 900 g loaf pan with aluminum foil, spoon the turkey mixture inside and pack down tightly. 7. Heat the rest of the garlic oil in a large frying pan and lift the meatloaf carefully out of the loaf tin using the foil to help you so as to brown the loaf on all sides. Discard the foil and carefully place back into the loaf pan. 8. Bake meatloaf for 50 to 60 minutes in preheated oven, until loaf is nicely browned on top. Pour off any liquids while baking. Remove from the oven and serve. Sausage and apple meatloaf Ingredients : 16 oz sausage meat 7 oz smoked streaky bacon, finely chopped 1/2 onion, minced 2 eggs, lightly beaten 4oz dried breadcrumbs 2 small apples - peeled, cored and finely chopped One clove garlic, minced one tablespoon chopped fresh thyme 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 900g/2 lb loaf tin. 2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well with hands. Shift to the prepared loaf tin and soften the top. 3. Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes until the loaf is no longer pink in the center. Remove from the oven, slice and serve.