….At least I don’t think I did. Others? Maybe…..but us….
We may have grown up on squid and octopus and halloumi with watermelon…but not meatloaf.
The first time I remember eating meatloaf was at my sister-in-law’s house in Cyprus, but there it was wrapped in caul fat and enclosed a layer of hard boiled eggs.
Now, if you know me well, you will know I don’t do eggs.
No way, uh uh, never!
We can attribute this loathing to Mama Kouzari who fearing her little girl would be missing some kind of valuable vitamins and minerals that only eggs have, would try and feed me with it, only for me to spit it out.
I would probably have the same reaction now.
Unless of course they’re heavily disguised in a chocolate cake or something…….
She even mixed it up with my weetabix, trying to disguise the taste…
Mom, did you really do that?
The best meatloaf I’ve ever had was a recipe that my Australian friend Coby supplied me with.
It’s great hot, served with mash or rice or whichever carb you prefer, but try it cold the next day in thick slices sandwiched between thick white bread.
To die for.
Here’s the recipe, which Coby kindly agreed to let me share:
In Coby’s words “The sauce is interesting and really delicious in this. I don’t like coffee, but I like this sauce inspite of it. There’s always a long list of ingredients in meatloaf, but it’s super easy to just scrunch it all together”.
I would have to agree Coby, but say that I love the sauce because of the coffee. :))
Just the very idea that it’s there, makes it all a bit more adventurous and gets people intruiged and wanting to try it. Even though the finished sauce doesn’t actually taste of coffee…..
For the meatloaf:
3 slices white bread, crusts removed and cut into squares.
Half a cup of milk
500g beef mince
500g sausage or pork mince (sausage is the tradition)
2 onions, finely chopped
2 teaspoons curry powder
Quarter cup chopped parsley
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
salt and pepper
1 grated carrot
1 grated turnip (I sub another carrot or a parsnip if I don’t have turnip at home)
For the sauce:
Half a cup water
Half a cup of tomato sauce (Ketchup)
Half a cup Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp vinegar
1 teaspoon instant coffee
2 tbsp lemon juice
Quarter cup brown sugar.
1. Preheat oven to 180 deg C or 160 deg C, if you have a fan oven.
2. Pour the milk over the bread and let stand until milk is absorbed.
3. Place all the meatloaf ingredients in a bowl. Add the bread and mix until very well combined.
4. Press mixture into a greased 4 litre capacity loaf tin. Bake for 30 minutes.
5. Combine the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for five minutes.
6. Drain fat from the meatloaf and invert onto a baking dish, pour over the sauce and cook for a further 30 minutes, basting every ten minutes.
Thanks to Coby for a recipe which has become part of my family and our lives.
aaaahh look yummy!!!
Hahha! Oh I chuckled reading this! I didn't grow up on meatloaf either but oh, doesn't it sound and look delish! Seriously? No eggs? My life would feel deprived! A poached egg with hollaindaise sauce sat on a bed of wilted, buttery spinach is the tastiest heart attack waiting to happen sort of meal ever!
They Look Yummy…Awesome recipe
I am certain this is a good one:) Mine need to be perked up like this..Thank you for this recipe.
Thank you Gloria, Aarthi, Nana :))Carrie. Yup. No eggs. No omelettes, frittatas either. No quiches either. But could be tempted if the interior does not resemble scrambled egg!! Lol.
Sounds like a great meatloaf, and looks good too 🙂
Looks great! So beautiful presented!
Ah then you have the try the Spinach quiche on my blog. Barely any eggs really tastewise…kinda like a spanakopita sorta filling…smitten kitchen's recipe….YUM!
I cannot imagine Weetabix with eggs. I don't think I would like eggs either if I had been subjected to that!
Angela, I think that was my mother's desperation! Lol.Thanks Kelly and Elpi for your nice comments :DCarrie, will you promise me it doesn't taste eggy? Custard I like, as long as that dreaded egg taste isn't too prominent. But a scrambled egg type quiche? I couldn't cope with that! 😀
Isn't Coby just the best?This looks delicious Anna, Think I'll have to try it very soon.
You're right, this does look to die for! xx
OMG a sauce with coffee!!! I surely give it a go!Have a nice Sunday
What a mouthwatering meatloaf!Filakia!!!
That's one hell of a meatloaf!! Looks really delish :)Mariax
We ate meatloaf a lot growing up – I think that is why I tend to stay away from it now as an adult. This does sound deliciously interesting though.. I may just have to make it now!
The meatloaf looks mouthwatering! A fascinating sauce flavoured with coffee!
this sounds just like my mums meatloaf recipe!! that i definitely grew up with. It must be passed around all us aussies hey?I did not grow up with haloumi or octopus thats for sure, in fact i'm pretty sure my parents have probably never even tried haloumi!
It looks delicious and totally different than the one we make in Cyprus.
It looks great Anna. I've never made a meatloaf, so one to try this week. Coffee in the sauce sounds interesting. x
I never grew up with meatloaf too): this is brilliant, now I may actually try!
Very very yummy! My family would love something like this for dinner! Well done!
Hi Anna:) You know I didn't grow up with meatloaf either – I always wanted to try it thanks to the myriad American sitcoms I enjoyed as a child. Mum being Dutch made lots of delicious meatballs though:) Life would have been pretty good growing up with octopus and halloumi on the table I recon:) I'm so touched you call this 'Coby's Meatloaf' thank you, it IS very yummy, lol and I still feel the same way about coffee as you do about eggs;) Thank you Brownieville Girl too:):)
looks amazing been ages since I made meat loaf lovely
Hi Anna! This meatloaf looks great! I have to say the sauce sounds intriguing! Who would have thought you can add coffee to your meatloaf sauce? I need to try this. Happy to be your newest follower!
Also never had meatloaf as a kid, also hate hate hate HATE eggs. Even the smell of them cooking makes me queasy. Only in the past few years have I built up the ability to handled well-scrambled eggs as long as I have bacon or corn fritters or salsa or spinach so I can't taste them as much. Runny eggs however, are completely off the list. No freaking way.