Totally-Not-Boring Meatloaf

Ten years ago, if you’d suggested meatloaf would become one of my favourite ways to cook humble beef mince, I would have shuddered and quite possibly refused to associate with you ever again.

However, this simple recipe has transformed my previously-snobbish view on meatloaf, and I’ve come to realise that with a bit of extra effort and a few key ingredients, meatloaf doesn’t have to be the bland, dry concoction of my childhood.

Totally-Not-Boring Meatloaf – serves 4

1/2c cooked rice (if I’ve been clever, I cook a dish with rice the night before, and do a little extra to save time the next night)
500g beef mince
2T fresh parsley, chopped
1t fresh or dried thyme
2 spring onions, sliced (or, if you’re pregnant and forgot to get them in the groceries, 1 finely chopped onion is also perfectly fine)
2t crushed garlic
1/4c tomato sauce
1 egg
salt & freshly ground black pepper*

Preheat oven to 180degC.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl – preferably using your hands to ensure everything is well combined. Season well.

Scoop mixture into a baking dish (I use the kind of dish you’d typically make lasagne in), and form into a loaf shape, pressing the mixture together so it holds its shape while cooking.

Whisk together a glazeΒ of 2T each of: tomato sauce, liquid honey, soy sauce & oil.

Brush/pour a third of the glaze over top of the meatloaf – don’t worry that it runs down and pools at the sides; as this cooks, it will become sweet and sticky and divine!

Bake the meatloaf for 1 hour, brushing with the remaining glaze at 20 and 40 minutes. Use a spoon to scoop up the glaze that has run down the sides.

Stand for 10 minutes before slicing into whatever size chunks you desire. Serve with the sticky, pooled glaze spooned over the slices.

It was late, and we were hungry, so I forgot to take a photo before hacking into it!

* With the meatloaf pictured above, I also added one carrot and half a zucchini, both grated, just to get more vegetables into Tiny. I cooked it for an extra 10 minutes, and due to the extra moisture, the glaze didn’t thicken round the sides like it normally does. In hindsight, I should have used less of the glaze, and perhaps squeezed the grated vegetables to get rid of the excess liquid. It still tasted pretty darn good, though!

Recipe: Allyson Gofton’s ‘Food in a Minute’ series, from about 2002.


8 thoughts on “Totally-Not-Boring Meatloaf

  1. YUMMM!!!!!!
    I haven’t had meatloaf since we were kids… my mum used to make it with “sausage meat” and huge chunks of onion… ugh!
    But this sounds AMAZING and I’ll bet my kids would love it!
    I am going to try this this week.
    Thanks Ange!!!

    • My mum’s meatloaf was of the sausage meat and chunks of onion too! I think that’s why I refused to eat or make it for so long, but this recipe is truly delicious. Hope your kids enjoy it xx

  2. It looks REALLY good!
    Thanks for sharing. I’ll be trying it soon!!
    My son eats food that he puts into the “big meat” category, & i think this may well go in that category… so worth a try! πŸ™‚

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