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Meat Loaf

With Sarah Bowman

This is comfort food you can throw together and let the oven do its magic with while you get on with other tasks. If you’re lucky enough to have any left over, it makes a delicious lunch in crusty bread with Spicy Tomato Chutney.


Serves 6

Meat Loaf Ingredients:

500g beef, lamb or pork mince

500g good-quality sausages, meat squeezed from the skins

1 red onion, finely diced

1 Granny Smith apple, grated

a handful of finely chopped fresh herbs, e.g. flat-leaf parsley, thyme and oregano

1 cup wholegrain breadcrumbs

1 egg

1 tsp curry powder

salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Sauce Ingredients:

½ cup tomato sauce

½ cup Worcestershire sauce

½ cup brown sugar

2 tbsp malt vinegar

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp instant coffee



Preheat oven to 175°C. Set aside a 13cm x 24cm loaf tin.

Mix together all the meat loaf ingredients with wet hands and push the mixture into the loaf tin.

To make the sauce, place ingredients in a pot and bring to the boil.

Pour the sauce over the meat loaf and bake for 1–1½ hours.


Cook’s tip

Serve with mashed root vegetables and winter greens or a leafy salad. I have served it here with mashed swede and parsnip and a salad of watercress, shaved fennel and apple.


Note: Reproduced with permission from Cook Simple by Sarah Bowman .

Published byPenguin Group NZ. RRP $45.00. Copyright text © Sarah Bowman, 2013. Copyright photography © Stephen Goodenough, 2013