Meatloaf isn't the most glamorous food in the world, but it's invaluable as a picnic item, partly because it's easy to make and freezes well. It also travels well and tastes great. Definitely substance over style.
I have fond memories of eating meatloaf as a child. We seemed to have a lot of picnics and there was always a meatloaf wrapped in foil in the hamper. I don't know if we ever ate the meatloaf in the house. For me, it's always associated with a picnic rug and eating in a field.
What's in Meatloaf?
Mostly meat, of course. I use a mixture of sausagemeat and minced beef to give a moist, firm texture. There are some breadcrumbs too and egg to bind it all together.
For flavour, I add onion, pepper and seasoning. There isn't much more to it than that. The method is my favourite - bung it in and mix it up. Then shape it roughly and cook in a loaf tin.
Hope for good weather and pack your picnic hamper.
If you like this...
...Why don't you try:
- 75 g bread - any kind
- 2 medium onions
- 1 bell pepper, green or red
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 225 g sausagemeat see note
- 450 g minced beef
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon tomato puree, rounded tbsp (30ml)
- 1 teaspoon Worcester Sauce (5ml)
- 2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs (10ml)
- ½ teaspoon salt (2.5ml)
- Ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 190°C/ 170°C fan/ gas mark 5/ 375°F
- Peel and quarter the onions
- Quarter the pepper, discarding the pith and seeds
- Peel the garlic
For the meatloaf:
- Make the bread into breadcrumbs by blitzing for 20-30 seconds in a food processor or use a grater
- Add the onions, pepper, and garlic and process for a few seconds until finely chopped
- Add the rest of the ingredients and process for about a minute to thoroughly combine everything
- Sausagemeat, minced beef, eggs, tomato puree, Worcester Sauce, herbs, salt, pepper
- If your processor can't take the load, process in 2 batches
- Press the mixture into the loaf tin and cook for 1-1 ¼ hours
- The meatloaf is done when it shrinks from the sides of the tin
- Allow to cool in the tin
- Wrap in foil and store in the fridge or freezer