Easy Meat Loaf with Homemade Olive Bread and Grilled Veggies

Part 3 of Easy Peasy Meals

Aaaah….the Meat Loaf…brings back such fond memories of our early cooking adventures Didi…remember..you saw the recipe in one of Jethima’s cookbooks and decided to make it. I was staying at your Kirti Nagar home for a few days then…you being the Head Chef and I being your Sous Chef began making this dish. Once it was done, we quietly took it to the terrace, with our plates and ate the whole loaf!!!! Ufo (our beloved pet dog) kept inspecting the area around us lest we drop a few bits and pieces for him..but in despair 😛 Thinking of that day today is so strange..we both have come a loooooong long way from that phase…not only in-terms of cooking but also in terms of our girths 😀 Do you have some pics from that time to post? Maybe looking at them I will get inspired to work out!! hehhehehee….anyways, going back to the post today, I am sharing it coz I think it is an easy dish even though it sounds complicated. Don’t you agree Didi?

Lamb Meat Loaf with Homemade Olive Bread and Grilled Veggies

Lamb Meat Loaf with Homemade Olive Bread and Grilled Veggies

Meat Loaf

500 gms minced Meat (Goat, Lamb or Beef)

5-6 Spring Onions (chopped)

1 Onion chopped

2-3 tbsps of chopped Garlic

Chilli Flakes (optional)

2 fistfuls of Mint or Coriander or Parsley

1 Egg

1 cup Breadcrumbs or 2 cups of Bread pieces

2-3 tbsp Lemon Juice

Salt and Pepper to taste

Pre-heat the oven at 220 degree Celsius. In a large bowl mix everything together and place the whole mixture in a loaf tin. If you don’t have a loaf tin, any deep baking dish would do. Reduce the oven temperature to 180 and bake for 45-55 mins or till your knife comes out clean. Serve with fresh salad, steamed or grilled veggies.

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Grilled Butternut Pumpkin

Slice the pumpkin into longish pieces, drizzle 1-2 tsp of Olive oil and some salt & pepper.  Grill in a pan or in the oven for 15 mins till soft.

Homemade Olive Bread

I used the same dough as we use use for making fresh Pizza (click here for the recipe).  To shape the loaf, roll the dough into an oblong sheet and sprinkle sliced olives on the top. Then roll it like a Swiss roll from one side, tuck in the ends to make a shape of a longish loaf and finally make small cuts on the topmost surface (check the slideshow for a picture). Let the loaf proof on the baking tray for another 1-2 hours and then bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 40-45 mins.

For the Steamed Veggies, just take any assortment of vegetables that you like and steam them in a pot with 1/2 cup water.  I like to add a bit of butter with the salt and pepper to give the veggies a lovely fresh flavour.

Plate-up and ENJOY!!

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