Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Individual meat loaves

1 tablespoon olive oil
3 onions chopped finely
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons  salt
1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup chicken stock or broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 1/2 pounds ground beef - fat free
1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs
2 extra-large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup ketchup
                                                                   1/2 cup cheddar cheese grated
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan. Add the onions, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent but not brown. Take the pan off the heat, add the Worcestershire sauce, stock, and tomato paste. Allow to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, combine the minced beef, onion mixture, bread crumbs, and eggs, and mix lightly with a fork. Don't mash or the meatloaf will be dense. Divide the mixture into 6 portions and shape each portion into a small loaf on a baking sheet lined with a silicone pad. Spread about a tablespoon of ketchup on the top of each portion. Bake for bout 35 minutes, until the loaves are cooked through. Place the cheese on top and finish off in the oven until the cheese melts
Serve with mashed potatoes and green peas or green beans,