A dish which always makes me think of The Simpsons, meatloaf is a great midweek treat that is simple to make and tastes good! I kept my first attempt quite simple but you could easily mix up the flavours and textures by adding different vegetables, herbs or using different meat.
This made a large meatloaf so Ian and I had this over two evenings, served with veggies and new potatoes and it can be enjoyed warm or cold for picnics too.
A 500g tray of beef mince
1 onion, finely chopped
4-5 rashers of smoked bacon or pancetta, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
A squeeze of tomato puree
Salt and pepper
A bunch of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
6 tablespoons of grated Parmesan
50g of breadcrumbs
How to make it
- Begin by preheating your oven to 190°C, Gas Mark 5 and line your loaf tin with greaseproof paper
- Separate 2 tablespoons of both the Parmesan and breadcrumbs and set aside for later
- In a large mixing bowl, add all the other ingredients
- The best way to combine this is by hand so roll your sleeves up, remove your rings and get stuck in!
- Once combined, press the mixture into a loaf tin
- Top with the remaining Parmesan and breadcrumbs
- Bake for 40-45 minutes until the topping is golden brown
- Lift out of the tin using the greaseproof paper and allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving