Sometimes, you look at a dish and say wow this looks amazing so surely be very complicated. You yearn for it and keep planning that one day you will make it. And then one day you go for dinner invite to someone’s house and there it is right on the table made by the host, who you didn’t know much as a cook. And I wondered, it can’t really be that complicated after all. So the very week I open my recipe book read through it again and again but this time with a different attitude – it can’t that difficult. So I cook it for the next guest at home and voila, the guest leaves super impressed and I go to bed with a smug satisfaction. To me meat loaf was one such dish.
Cooking for the past two weeks I realised I do have a pretty well stocked kitchen. I hardly had to buy any special ingredients except for the proteins. Other day I went to one of my favourite shop – Modern Bazar and looking at the beautiful array of food inspired me to come up with couple of things. The chicken and the mutton keema lying next to each other all blushing was calling out – ‘pick me pick me!’ So the meat loaf had to come up.
- Minced meat: 250 g chicken + 250 g mutton. You can choose beef or pork as well.
- Onion: 1 finely chopped
- Breadcrumbs: brown or white 4 tbsp. I you have a slice of bread toast it crisp and then grind it to powder in the mixer. Your breadcrumb ready in few minutes.
- Red chilly powder: 1 tsp
- Yellow mustard: 2 tsp
- Parsely: 2 tbsp
- Egg: 1 beaten, 3 hard boiled and peeled
- Capers: 1 tbsp chopped
- Gherkins: 3 chopped
- Parsley: 1 tbsp chopped
- Soured cream: 10
Surprisingly I had all the ingredients for the sauce but it’s ridiculous and a road block for a otherwise very straightforward doable recipe. So don’t let this stop you. You can replace all the above ingredients with mint and coriander leaves finely chopped and a little grated cucumber and use curd instead of the cream. All that the meat loaf needs is a little sour liquidise element to balance
preheat the oven to 200° C. Lightly oil the loaf tin and keep aside. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix nicely wih your hand and then stir in the beaten egg. The bread crumbs and the egg work as binder. Place half of the mix in the loaf tin pressing down to fill evenly. Arrange the boiled eggs and cover with the rest half. Ready to go in the oven. I placed few bacon strips on top because I had them and I love crispy brown fatty bacon on top of anything.
Put it in the oven and bake for 30 min. Leave the loaf to stand for 10 minutes before turning it out. Once it cools down slightly, it’s easier to take out and slice. Take a bread knife slice them and serve with the sauce and some lettuce and tomato.
Enjoy with your family or show off to your friends. You can’t escape admiration.