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Mini Meatloaves

Posted on July 14, 2009 by in beef, easy cooking

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Meatloaf is not at all something that I grew up with, yet it is a fixture on so many menus. Meatloaves have always fascinated me, because in essence it really is a “huge meatball” isn’t it?
So, when my friend, Juno,over at Scrumptious Blog – What’s for supper? Recipes from the coal face. posted theseMini Meatloaves, I knew that I found the meatloaf of all meatloaves……and I was right!!!
You can use any ground meat, lamb, yes, even pork, I suppose, but ground beef is on our menu once a week, so I decided to just use that.

Wow, I thought it was unbelievable!!!! The spice mix was just perfect!!! Please give this a try!!
I served this with thick chunks of pumpkin baked in the oven with pecan nuts and honey and some brussel sprouts. These recipes I will share with you in the next few posts.!!Enjoy!

Moroccan-Spiced Mini Meat-Loaves

250 g streaky bacon
2 t (10 ml) sunflower or canola oil
1 large onion, very finely chopped
1/2 a green pepper [bell pepper], deseeded and very finely chopped
1/2 a red pepper [bell pepper], deseeded and very finely chopped
2 10-cm sticks celery, very finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 ½ cups (375 ml) fresh breadcrumbs (white or brown bread)
1 kg lean minced beef
100 ml finely chopped fresh parsley
100 ml finely chopped fresh coriander [cilantro]
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
6 T (90 ml) plain, thick white yoghurt
6 T (90 ml) tomato sauce [ketchup]
2 t (10 ml) Tabasco sauce (optional)
1 ½ t (7.5 ml) Worcestershire sauce

Heat the oven to 180°C.

Put the mince, breadcrumbs and finely chopped parsley and coriander into a big mixing bowl. Add the egg, the yoghurt, the tomato sauce, the Tabasco sauce and Worcestershire sauce, along with all the spices and the cooked, cooled vegetable/bacon mixture. Season well with salt and pepper. Using your hands, squish and squeeze the mixture until it is thoroughly combined; this should take a good two to three minutes. Set a large baking tray or oven-proof ceramic dish on the counter. Divide the mixture into eight portions (each about the size of a tennis ball). Roll each portion into a ball, then place each one on a chopping board so that its top and bottom are flattened. Using the palms of your hands, coax the vertical sides of the mixture upwards, turning all the time, until you have a squat, round-topped tower about 6 cm (2 ½ inches) high. Wrap a piece of streaky bacon around the base of each ‘tower’ and secure the ends with a toothpick. (If the bacon doesn’t reach all the way round, pat and prod the ‘tower’ so it is a little taller, and its base a little smaller).

Arrange the towers, just touching one another, on the baking dish. Brush the tops of the towers with a little olive oil or melted butter and place in the hot oven. Bake at 180 C for 30-35 minutes, or until cooked right through.

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27 Responses to “Mini Meatloaves”

  1. ♥peachkins♥ 14 July 2009 at 4:20 pm #

    meatloaves wrapped in bacon?…that looks like heaven!!

  2. redkathy 14 July 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    Oh yes I will definitely be trying this one!

  3. myfrenchkitchen 14 July 2009 at 6:35 pm #

    I don't want to come here any more Nina! Every time I leave HUNGRY and it's not good for my hips! This is absoloutely mouthwatering!

  4. Pam 14 July 2009 at 6:44 pm #

    What perfectly tasty and pretty little meatloaves – you are brilliant Nina.

  5. Mila 14 July 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    Adorable! I never grew up with meatloafs either…but it is also one of my staples now!

  6. That Girl 14 July 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    I have a bacon-fiend friend who would LOVE these.

  7. Ben 14 July 2009 at 10:53 pm #

    I've never made meatloaf before. I really don't find it that interesting, but giving it a twist like this is a great idea. Thanks for the link!

  8. Helene 14 July 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    They look so good with the bacon around them.

  9. Elra 15 July 2009 at 12:10 am #

    What a fabulous idea Nina. I like this mini version.

  10. Proud Italian Cook 15 July 2009 at 5:08 am #

    Brilliant idea Nina! they look absolutely delish! Great idea for a party too… I love the way you style food.

  11. Juliana 15 July 2009 at 5:48 am #

    Wow, this is a very nice meatloaves wrapped in bacon…can only imagine the taste of it…yummie! By the way, thanks for the nice words that you left in my site 🙂

  12. My Carolina Kitchen 15 July 2009 at 2:02 pm #

    What darling little meatloafs. I would be very pleased to have these served to me. I grew up with meatloaf.

    When I met my husband, one of the first things he told me was, "I don't like meatloaf." I wondered what kind of person was this who doesn't like meatloaf? But I'd never eaten any other than my mothers, which was excellent. There are many bad meatloafs served in restaurants and they give this wonderful comfort food a bad name.
    P.S. He loves my meatloaf and I know he would love yours also.

  13. Juno 15 July 2009 at 2:54 pm #

    Wow, Nina, thank you so much for featuring my meatloaf recipe: I am so flattered, and so pleased by the comments here. Darn, your meatloaves look better than my own! Lovely photograph. Juno x

  14. Peter M 15 July 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    I adore this take on meatloaf. Very fitting and quirky and perfectly fine (wonderful) to serve to guests!

    Imagine the WOW factor when they see these on the plate.

  15. elly 15 July 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    I didn't grow up with meatloaf either, and I'm still not a huge fan but I would have to love these with the bacon! They are so much prettier and tastier than regular meatloaf.

  16. Joan Nova 15 July 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    This is a great looking version of meatloaf which I will come back to and take a better look.

    Meantime, I'm editing your recipe for the BloggerAid cookbook and need clarification of what is "1 sachet Orley Whip Light (125ml)". Please email me offline as soon as possible.

  17. mycookinghut 15 July 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    I have never tried meatloaf.. this little meatloaf appeals to me a lot!! Looks incredibly yummy and nice shape!!

  18. Junglefrog 15 July 2009 at 11:45 pm #

    Oooo Nina, what are you doing to me? I am trying to lose weight and this should not be on the menu… But it looks absolutely lovely!

  19. Lori Lynn 17 July 2009 at 6:40 am #

    Ooh they look great, love the bacon wrap!

  20. kiss my spatula 18 July 2009 at 1:28 am #

    wow – those are the cutest meatloaves i've ever seen!

  21. Bellini Valli 18 July 2009 at 7:32 pm #

    Meatloaves are definite comfort foods:D

  22. Julie 19 July 2009 at 3:49 am #

    Wow! Wrap it in bacon and I'm there! Looks delicious 🙂

  23. Cynthia 19 July 2009 at 6:52 am #

    Why do you torture me so? 🙂 Don't stop!

  24. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen 19 July 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    Look at those delectable little meatloaves wrapped in bacon! You are awesome, Nina!

  25. Kevin 3 August 2009 at 8:45 pm #

    Those meatloaves look really good. You really can't go wrong by adding bacon.

  26. Jeanne 4 August 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    I'm so going to make these – have ha a craving for frikadelle for a while now!

  27. Lc 21 March 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    I want this one!

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