Friday, 30 September 2011

American Classics: Meatloaf


 When you think of American classics, meatloaf is one of the things that come to mind. Similar to a big meatball or kofta, meatloaf is relatively easy to make and can be made for summer or winter.  Meatloaf is also very versatile and you may play around with the spices until you find the best combination. Here I have a basic recipe I grew up having.




It’s best to slice the loaf after it has cooled down for 10 minutes to prevent the slices from breaking. The slices can be frozen for a quick individual snack. Also, any leftovers can be eaten cold in a sandwich.







Ingredients:

- 1 kg Lean Ground beef
- 2 Cloves garlic
- ½ cup BBQ Sauce
- ½ Tbsp Black pepper
- 1 Tbsp Salt
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 egg
- 1 medium carrot, grated
- 1 medium onion, grated
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup milk
- 2 Tbsp Ketchup


Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Put the oats in a bowl, with the milk to soak for 10 minutes. Add in the grated carrots and onions. I always prefer grated for the meatloaf, unless you can chop it fine enough. Add in the egg, BBQ sauce, garlic minced, olive oil and the salt and pepper.  Mix in the meat, but don’t over mix it. Allow the meat to sit for 5 minutes to settle and absorb the mixture

In a pan, shape the meat into a loaf shape. Glaze the top with the ketchup, then place in the oven. It should take about 45 mins to 1 hour.

Allow to cool before slicing.

Enjoy!

What is your favorite ground beef recipe, or do you prefer burgers

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