Wednesday 1 February 2012

Meat Loaf with Brown sauce

Nothing tastes as good as food cooked by one's own mother. There is something so comforting and soothing to eat the food cooked by your mom  that no other flavors can replace them and try as hard as you might you will never be able to get the same taste and flavor in your food as that cooked by her even if you are following the recipe to the T. I think more than the ingredients added, it is the special care and love that goes into the dish that makes it so delicious and memorable.
My husband too, recalls very fondly  the meatloaf that his mom used to make for him. When he talks about it, I can actually see him conjuring up a  picture of the dish in front of him. So, what better treat for him than to make his favorite dish for dinner especially as today, being a special day, as my husband starts his second innings in the civil street, having just bid adieu to 26 long memorable years in the  Armed forces.
So, here's to all the lovely and cherished memories that we all treasure deeply inside our hearts.....
750 gms minced meat
2 small onions finely chopped
juice of 2 lemons
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup soft breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp salt
pinch pepper
1/3 cup milk
4 boiled eggs
Brown sauce
1 cup meat stock
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp dried thyme
salt to taste

Combine the eggs, milk, lemon juice, breadcrumbs, onion, salt and pepper.
Stir in the minced meat and mix well.
Take a 23 x 13 x 8cm loaf tin and put a thick layer of minced meat. 
Place the boiled eggs on top of the minced meat.

Cover the eggs with another layer of  the meat  mixture.
Brush the top with some oil and bake in a preheated oven 180C for about 1 hour.
Serve with brown sauce and mashed potatoes.

For the brown sauce :-
 Heat the butter in a pan. Add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes till the flour gets lightly browned. Add the meat stock to the flour,stirring all the time, and simmer for 5-6 minutes till you get a sauce like consistency. keep it a little thin as the sauce thickens when it gets cold. season to taste

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