Experience the essence of home cooking with our delicious “Mini Meatloaf” recipe. This dish is full of rich flavors and is perfect for non-Muslims due to the use of pork. It’s a modern twist on a classic favorite, offering an affordable and hassle-free option for a satisfying family meal. Treat your taste buds to these individual portions that are both affordable and simply delicious. Try this retro gem and enjoy a delicious dining experience the whole family will love!
- 4 tsp olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 50g fresh breadcrumbs
- 175 ml passata
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 egg, beaten
- 500g lean minced beef or pork
- 2 tsp thyme leaves
- 2 plum tomatoes, halved, seeds scraped out
- 1 tsp sugar
Delicious with chive porridge
Peel and chop 4 large potatoes (Maris Pipers puree).
good) and cook in salted water for 15 minutes until tender.
Drain, return to the pan and mash with 2 tbsp
butter and 100 ml milk. Season to taste and fold in
Scatter through a small bunch of chopped chives and serve.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6.
- Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large frying pan.
- Add onion and carrot to pan and cook until softened, 10 minutes.
- Place the onion and carrot mixture in a large bowl.
- Add the breadcrumbs, 5 tablespoons passata, Worcestershire sauce, egg, minced meat, half the thyme and the spices to the bowl.
- Mix all ingredients in the bowl until well blended.
- Brush 4 large ramekins or 6 muffin tins with the remaining oil.
- Press the ground beef mixture into the ramekins or muffin tins.
- Pour remaining passata over each mini meatloaf.
- Place a tomato half on each meatloaf.
- Sprinkle a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper and the remaining thyme over the tomato halves.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes or until the meatloaf is cooked through.
- Serve the mini meatloaf with chive puree.
Equipment and tools
To make mini meatloaf you will need the following equipment and tools:
- frying pan
- Oven-safe dishes
- mixing bowl
- measuring spoon
- wooden spoon
This mini meatloaf recipe contains the following allergens:
- Gluten (found in breadcrumbs)
- Milk (used for chive porridge)
Storage and leftovers
If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply place the mini meatloaves in a preheated oven at 180°C for about 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.
Alternatively, you can freeze the mini meatloaf for up to 3 months. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer bag or container. To defrost and reheat, remove from freezer and thaw in refrigerator overnight. Then reheat in a preheated oven at 180°C for about 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
Health Benefits of Mini Meatloaf
Mini meatloaves can be a delicious and nutritious addition to your diet. Packed with protein and essential nutrients, these single-sized meatloafs offer several health benefits when enjoyed in moderation. Here are some reasons why you should consider adding mini meatloaves to your diet:
1. High in protein
Mini meatloaves are a fantastic source of protein. The lean ground beef or pork used in the recipe provides high-quality protein, which is essential for building and repairing tissue, promoting muscle growth, and supporting the immune system. Including protein-rich foods like mini meatloaves in your diet can help you feel fuller for longer and maintain a healthy weight.
2. Vitamins and minerals
The ingredients used in mini meatloaf, such as onions, carrots, and thyme leaves, contribute to the overall nutritional value of the dish. Onions are rich in antioxidants and contain vitamins C and B6, while carrots are rich in vitamin A and potassium. Thyme leaves contain a good portion of vitamin C and vitamin A. Adding these vegetables and herbs to your mini meatloaves can help increase your absorption of important vitamins and minerals.
3. Passata for antioxidants
Passata, a tomato puree used in the recipe, is a great source of antioxidants like lycopene. Lycopene has been linked to numerous health benefits, including reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and certain types of cancer. Incorporating passata into your mini meatloaves can give you a concentrated dose of these beneficial antioxidants.
4. Fiber from breadcrumbs
Fresh breadcrumbs used in mini meatloaves are a source of fiber. Fiber is important for digestive health because it promotes regular bowel movements and prevents constipation. Including small amounts of fiber-rich ingredients like breadcrumbs in your meals can contribute to your daily fiber intake.
5. Balanced meal option
Combining mini meatloaf with chive puree, as suggested in the recipe, can make a well-rounded meal. Potatoes are a good source of carbohydrates, while the addition of butter and milk provides fats for satiety and flavor. Chives provide additional vitamins and minerals. The combination of these components creates a meal that provides macronutrients and micronutrients, making it a filling and balanced option.
Overall, mini meatloaves can be a delicious and healthy addition to your diet. Enjoy the proteins, vitamins, minerals and fiber it contains and don’t forget to combine it with nutritious side dishes for a complete meal.