|By Karen Barnaby |
Two Fat Ladies Meatloaf
This meatloaf is adapted from the Two Fat Ladies. They called it hedgehog, probably because of its shape.
This makes a very pleasantly seasoned meatloaf that is reminiscent in flavour of a pate. Confirmed liver haters can omit the livers.
This makes one HUGE meatloaf. I like to make two smaller, torpedo shaped ones or divide the recipe by half and reduce the cooking time by 1/2 hour.
- 1/2 lb. mushrooms, diced
- Freshly ground pepper
- Grated nutmeg
- 1/2 lb. chicken livers
- 1 1/2 lbs. each ground beef, ground pork
- 1 pound sausage meat
- 1/2 cup finely diced onion
- 3 fat cloves garlic, crushed to a paste
- 1 tsp. ground coriander seeds
- 1 tsp. ground allspice
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme or rosemary
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 lb. sliced bacon
- Bay leaves
- Branches of fresh rosemary
Sauté the mushrooms in butter until the juices run, then season with salt and pepper and nutmeg. Reserve. Remove the sinews from the livers. Lightly poach the livers in simmering water, just until they turn grey and firm up. Cool and dice. In a large bowl combine the ground meats, sausage, livers, onion, garlic, coriander, allspice and thyme leaves. Season with salt and pepper, keeping in mind that the sausage contains salt. Beat the eggs and add to the mixture together with the mushrooms. Mix with your hands thoroughly.
Oil a roasting pan and place all the mixture in it, molding it into an oval shape. Adorn with the bacon slices, criss-crossed, tucking the ends under the meat. Tuck some bay leaves and branches of rosemary into the bacon. Cook in a preheated oven at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, then lower the heat to 350ºF and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
When cooked, there will be lots of lovely juices in the bottom of the pan. Save them to flavor soup or stocks, and save the fat to fry eggs. Remove the loaf and place on a serving dish. Serve hot or cold.
Total Carbohydrates: 19.66
Total Carbohydrates Minus Fiber: 14.44
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