Summer is on us and today is the last day of school for the remaining students…school’s out! That means long days at home playing football or shopkeepers, or packed lunches for camp and day trips to the beach. What it definitely doesn’t need is hours in the kitchen when there are adventures to be had and family days to be enjoyed.
These very tasty evening dishes come with the added advantage of yielding a leftover that can be repurposed the following day into an entirely new dish for lunches than can be eaten at home, or packed to go…
What you Need…
750g Lean Minced Beef
75g Grated Carrot
75g Grated Courgette
1 Egg Beaten
1 Onion Finely Chopped
1 Clove Garlic, Crushed
1 Tablespoon Sage Leaves, Chopped
1 Tsp Dried Oregano
1 Heaped Tablespoon Tomato Purée
2 Tablespoon Worchester Sauce (or Soy If You Don’t Have Worchester)
110g Breadcrumbs (Omit if aiming for Gluten Free)
½ Tsp Paprika or Chili Flakes
½ Tsp Ground Coriander
½ Tsp Ground Cumin
12 Slices of Smoked Bacon or Pancetta
A Mix of Tomatoes, Red and Yellow Peppers, Shallots, Garlic from your fridge to make a sauce - anything that's past it salad best would be perfect here as there will be more flavour...
Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Olive Oil to Drizzle
What you Do…
Preheat the oven to 180C
Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly – get your hands in a give the mixture a really good kneading to ensure everything is fully incorporated and dispersed throughout.
Transfer the mix to a 2lb loaf tin and pat down until level and bake in the oven for 1 hour 30 minutes or until the meatloaf is cooked through.
Place the tomatoes, garlic, shallot on a baking tray at the bottom of the oven with a good sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper, a pinch of sugar and a drizzle of olive oil. Tray roast for 1 hour and 15 minutes under the meatloaf. Just prior to serving the meatloaf, blitz the roasted vegetables and seasoning in a blender and serve with your meatloaf over a bed of greens, or even with a baked potato which will bake nicely at the same temperature and for the same time as your meatloaf.