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Surprise!! Friday Food: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf With Roast Vegetables

Yummy meatloafToday I really needed to use up the fresh pork mince I'd bought. So a meatloaf seemed the easiest thing for me to make. I'm still poorly, but there you go. I was cheered up today by a phone call from Lorelai Gilmore's breeder to say that he might have a new puppy for us before the end of the year. Peri is wobbly and feels well some days and not so well others: a bit like me!! We need a companion for Gilly, so I have put wheels in motion. I think it gave me a bit of a lift to know there was a puppy at the end of the tunnel.

So to the meatloaf, from the August Super Food Ideas. Easier than pie!!! Mix all the meatloaf ingredients together. Wrap it in bacon. Drizzle oil over some chopped vegetables and bake for about 40 minutes. Even I can do that. I pretty much stuck to the recipe too, only substituting rolled oats for fresh breadcrumbs and adding some chopped celery. I like celery.

 

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf With Roast Vegetables     serves 4

  • 500g pork & veal mince, but any mince you have will work
  • 1 small onion/4 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tspn thyme leaves
  • 1 tbspn fresh oregano leaves, chopped
  • 2 tspn lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (40ml)
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 6 rashers of bacon
  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 red capsicum, thickly sliced
  • 8-12 baby carrots, washed and sliced
  • 2 zucchini, chopped chunkily
  • extra extra virgin olive oil
  • NB 1 tablespoon = 4 teaspoons, 20ml

 

Preheat the oven to 200*C/180*C fan-forced.

Mix the meatloaf

Put the mince, herbs, chopped onion, garlic, tomato paste, breadcrumbs, egg, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper into a large bowl. Mix thoroughly. That's it.

Bacon and rollin'

Lay the bacon out on some cling-wrap or baking paper. I used baking paper because them I could just lift the meatloaf, holus-bolus, into the baking tray. Slightly overlap the slices and then form the mince mixture into a loaf shape down the centre, long side of the bacon facing you. Though it doesn't really matter that much. Then wrap the bacon firmly around the meatloaf to encase it.

Vegetables and baking

Lift into the baking tray, which should be lined with baking paper if you didn't use it with the bacon. Add the vegetables and then drizzle with the olive oil. My baking trays were small so I put the bulk of the vegetables in a second tray, also lined with baking paper, and added salt and pepper and olive oil.

Meatloaf baked

Bake for 40-45 minutes. The meatloaf should be nicely browned, and when you stick a skewer into centre the juices should run clear. If it is browning too much or too quickly, cover with some foil. Stand for 5 minutes, then slice thickly and serve with the roast vegetables. I actually think I would like mashed potato with this too. It is also delicious the next day, cold. In sandwiches. Yum!!!

Meatloaf and vegetables

Comments

Linda

Yea! This looks so delicious. I'm glad you were well enough to post. Planning ahead is a tricky situation, one does not look forward to losing a dear pet family member, but adding one is a joy. Hugs and ear scritches to all of you.

Linda

Yea! This looks so delicious. I'm glad you were well enough to post. Planning ahead is a tricky situation, one does not look forward to losing a dear pet family member, but adding one is a joy. Hugs and ear scritches to all of you.

Judy Edmonds

Yum! But needs gravy! How exciting about the pup, really looking forward to further news on that front :)

Gemma

That looks really, thank you. (I rely on you testing new recipes for me to cook myself.)

deb

This looks delicious and hearty - just right for the season. I think we should all be snuggled up indoors on these frosty mornings - hugs to you and dear Peri and Gilly xxx

Kate

This looks yummy! I feel a meatloaf coming on this week - thank you for the inspiration :)
I hope you are starting to feel better. Did you get the wild weather overnight that we had? It was lovely lying in bed listening to rain pounding down, and my garden looks very happy this morning.
Hugs and pats as appropriate! Kate

Blissxstitches

Looks yummy

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