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Friday, February 12, 2010

Meat loaf



I dont always cook maldivian dishes. This is one of my favourite dishes to make, AFter seeing some on Dishesdone and Erica's meatloaf recipes, both totally different I wanted to make a meat loaf for dinner. So this is last night's dinner. I made the meat loaf from my tried and tested recipe from a book called Around the world in 350 recipes, a great book for some one who has limited experiance with food. Its a great book for someone who is hungry to learn other cuisines, cos its got recipes from, asia, europe , middle east and even american .

So hope you all enjoy it, goes well with great mash potaotes and gravy.

Ingrediants for Meat loaf,( some of the ingrediants I have changed according to my mood and what I have)

500g minced beef
2 slices white sandwich bread made into breadcrumbs ( it makes bout 3/4 cups so use any kind of bread that you have)
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped ( or use dried mixed herbs)
1 tsp cumin ground
a good pinch of ground black pepper
1 tsp light soy sauce
a table spoon or 2 of ketchup
1/2 tsp mustard ( optional)
Salt
1 large egg
1 onion chopped

1. Saute the onion in a frying pan with a little butter or oil, till translucent and just starting to brown.

2. Place everything else in a large mixing bowl, add the sauteed onions, and mix well to combine and it all comes together into a nice big ball. Note : according to the recipe you are not to over mix )

3. you can bake this in a greased loaf tin or just shape it into a oval loaf and place in a oiled baking tray and bake in a preheated oven 200 degree celsius for about 45 minutes till nice and brown on top .

Gravy, I have this really easy gravy recipe from a book based on sausages. Its a really easy one , but its got a secret ingrediant, Marmite. I made it a bit more peppery by adding freshly ground black pepper.

Melt 1 tbsp butter, mix in 1 tbsp flour, and once its mixed stir in a solution made of 1/2 tsp marmite and 250ml water. Stir to cook and thicken the sauce and finally taste add salt and a generous helping of pepper.



Enjoy. Oh and also to those who are celebrating Lunar new year , Gong Xi Fa Cai! Ps why do they give mandarins ?just curious to know , so somebody help me out here:)

15 comments:

  1. Recipe sounds nice,i dont eat beef but surely will try with chicken....looks nice and a very happy valentine and have a great weekend as well..take care

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  2. Looks good! And gravy with Marmite? That's an interesting twist.

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  3. Mmm...very creative using Marmite sauce!

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  4. This looks excellent! I love meatloaf. It's such a comfort meal.

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  5. That looks delicious! Thank you!

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  6. Ummmm, I want to nibble at that crusty topping.

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  7. scrumptious meat loaf...yummmm .Hope you had a beautiful V day

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  8. Juicy meatloaf with the crisp topping tastes excellent.

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  9. I love meatloaf and that looks so delicious!I'm going to make this soon!thanks.

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  10. Your meatloaf looks delicious. Great comfort food.

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  11. Umm...love meat loaf...this looks cool. You had asked
    1. what are the best fishes for curries
    2. For my fish and mango recipe if I used ripe or sour mango.

    The first answer I will have to give you an update in detail later in a post. For the second question I used raw, sour mango.

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  12. i love meat load this is really cool yaar

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  13. This is one of those things I would just wanna hide from when my mom made it as a kid... I still don't get much into it and I think my daughter is happy I don't make her eat it, lol ... but it does look like a good one :)

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  14. Thanks :) We've been trying meatloaf a lot lately! Yours looks great. We love cumin and soy sauce, such great flavors in yours, have to try it! My DH loves meatloaf.

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