A Mothers Ramblings: Microwave Meatloaf

Friday, 31 October 2014

Microwave Meatloaf

During half term, I made my first microwave meatloaf. I had explained to Daddy several times what it was that I was doing, but Daddy still didn't understand even as I was about to put the meatloaf in the microwave! Luckily one more explanation of what I was doing and hoping to achieve and Daddy understood what I was getting at - the Microwave can be used for more than just reheating and can be used for actual cooking and that's why we were having Microwave Meatloaf for our evening meal.

Microwaves are perfect for cooking a meal in minutes!

I made the meatloaf around lunchtime, as I was rather excited about it because despite loving meatloaf we haven't had it for a while and when we do have it, it takes AGES to cook in the Microwave and isn't something we can easily rustle up in minutes.

Microwave Meatloaf waiting to be cooked

 In the end the Meatloaf took 18 minutes to cook, which was just enough time for me to do the dishes, clean up the kitchen and remember that I was supposed to be making Mashed Potatoes, boiling some peas and making up some gravy!

Microwave Meatloaf after being cooked in the Microwave

 The meal was a success, with Big Boy declaring "This meat is the best meat I've ever had!" and Daddy trying to steal the leftovers I'd earmarked for a leftover lunch the next day. Top Ender, Daddy and I agreed that the meatloaf was moist, flavourful and something that needs to be added into our regular meal rotation because of it's ease to make.

Microwave Meatloaf, Peas, Mash and Gravy

So, here's how to make it!

Ingredients


500g Mince (I used lean organic beef)
1 diced Red Onion (You can use white/brown if you like)
70g Julienne Carrots
1/2 Teaspoon of chopped Parsley
100g Breadcrumbs
30ml Milk
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 beaten eggs
Generous splash of Worcester Sauce
BBQ Sauce

Method


Mix everything apart from the BBQ Sauce, meat and eggs together in a bowl.

When everything is nicely combined, add the meat and again give a good mix before adding the beaten egg and combing again. Think how great you're upper arm muscles are going to look after this work out.

As you combine the ingredients with the beaten egg, you'll see that the meat mixture will start to stick together, and that's a good thing!

Squirt the BBQ Sauce into the base of the silicon loaf tin before adding the meat mixture. As you push the meat mixture in, you might see some of the BBQ Sauce escaping up the side, so try to be gentle, but it's okay if the sauce does start spreading as it isn't going to ruin anything.

You can leave the meat to chill, but you don't have to. When you're ready, add it to the microwave and cook for 15-20 minutes depending on the level of your Microwave (ours was 18 minutes at 90% power, our microwave is a 1000 watts) and how scared you are of giving undercooked meat to your family. After 15 minutes I cut into the Meatloaf to check how cooked it was, and thought it needed a bit longer, but it could have probably been served to be honest.

Microwave Meatloaf, Peas, Mash and Gravy

I'm definitely going to make it again, but without the BBQ sauce (Top Ender thought it too sweet) and possibly with a tomato sauce or even with a little spice to please curry mad Daddy and I'm going to definitely cook it again in the Microwave.