Malins Mini Meatloaf

Bacon wrapped, barbecue sauce-drenched, rosemary smelling delicious ground beef. Could you ask for anything else?

I came up with this dish thinking about the classic american meatloaf. Always thought it sounded like a good idea, but then the outcome seems to be a really dry log of ground beef and therefore it never appealed to me. Well, as I was letting my mind wander I figured why not make a meatloaf crossed with a bacon wrapped meatball? “Eh… I don’t know, that sounds awesome LETS DO THAT NOW!”, my mind instantly started yelling at me. So, this is what I came up with in my hungry hungry state, and I think it’s super tasty. It hits all the marks of tangy, sweet, savoury. Love it!

Ingredients: 2 portions
160 grams of good quality ground beef(grass-fed, come on. you know it tastes better)
4 strips of bacon
1/2 of a red onion
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of onion powder
1 pinch of black pepper
A few leaves of rosemary

For the sauce:
1 tablespoon of ketchup
1 tablespoon of barbecue sauce
1 pinch of onion powder
1 pinch of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of water

Start off by finely dicing the onion and mixing that with your hands into the ground beef and the spices, then roll into 4 evenly sized balls. Cut the bacon strips  in half so you’ll be left the 8 shorter bacon strips and they layer 2 bacon bits per mini loaf like a cross on top.
Sear the mini loaves in a pan on medium-high heat on each side, just to make sure you render most of that bacon fat down and also it will make your loaves super crispy. Poor the sauce over the mini loaves and finish them in a 250 degree celsius oven for 5 minutes. That should cook them all the way but still leave a nice little pink center. IMG_8438-2

Crucial moments:
Make sure not to over-work the meat when mixing in the ingredients, if you push and knead it too much like a dough you will end up with kind of a dense loaf.  And we absolutely do not want that.
Rosemary has a strong flavour that I enjoy to an insane extent, but it can totally take over if you use too much of it. Just a few leaves(5-8) will be more than enough.

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Serve your mini loaf with roasted potato wedges and a beautiful gravy, or you can make the mini loaves ever more mini(like super tiny) and serve them as finger food at your next party.

 

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3 Responses to Malins Mini Meatloaf

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