Meat Loaf

Whenever I think of meat loaf I think, not of the larger than life, artist whom I used to dance on the tables to (this WAS encouraged) in Barnsley many moons ago. Singing shouting out ‘Bat Out of Hell’ but Roseanne, the larger than life comedienne. They used to eat it on every episode in that show didn’t they? I always thought ‘Ew! A loaf of meat? Disgusting!’

Not only is it not in the least bit disgusting, I mean, it’s a LOAF…of MEAT… MINCED meat, it is simple to make too. I’m sure there are some different and difficult variations but not this one.

The recipe comes from a book my Auntie gave me. I don’t think she’d mind that I mention she is in no way a cook. I laughed that she even had any cookbooks (Sorry AJ) but it’s a testament to that fact that these 1970/80s books are in such good condition.

Grease a 2lb loaf tin with butter (margarine if you are still in 1980)

Mix together 50g of dried breadcrumbs, 1lb of minced beef and 1lb of minced pork, a finely chopped onion, a good pinch of salt, a good pinch of pepper, a good pinch of garlic salt, a good pinch of dried mixed herbs, 2 tbsp of tomato purée and an egg.

Stick it all in the loaf tin and bake for 1½ hours in a 180ºc (fan) oven.

I said it was easy.


As I’d made this on Wednesday we lightly fried it in a bit of oil and butter to warm it. I made an onion gravy and served it with a creamy mash with just a hint of cheddar forked through. Topped off with my delightful pickled cabbage.

 This was dinner… 29th November 2013.


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