Friday, September 02, 2011

Ground chicken and bacon meatloaf - an easy and cheap dish

Mix ground meat, eggs, and potato starch to make a meatloaf
Making a meatloaf is probably one of the easiest ways to use ground beef. Here you just mix all the ingredients in a food processor. Instead of shaping the ground beef mix into meatballs or larger sized hamburgers you just place it all in a bread tin and bake in the oven. If you do not eat it all, leftovers are great the day after and even the day after the day you made it, both reheated or on your sandwich.

I have not made meatloaves in months or even years. Recently I have rediscovered this great classic. I made two loaves using slightly different ingredients and both ended up great. Here is the one I made with ground chicken.

Ground chicken and bacon meatloaf (3-4 servings, around 600 grams / 1,5 lb’s)

In Norway ground chicken meat is getting more and more popular. It is preferable to ground beef as a healthier option.

To prepare my Ground chicken and bacon meatloaf, I mixed 400 grams (0,9 lb) ground chicken meat, 100 grams bacon (3,5 oz), 3 cloves of garlic, one medium sized onion, 5 cl. (2 liquid oz) leftover passata, 2 eggs, 2 tbsp potato starch / flour, and seasoning into a smooth mixture using a food processor.

Seasoning: In order to spice it up I flavoured the meatloaf with Moroccan spices. 1 tbsp ground ginger, 1 tbsp harissa powder, 2 - 3 tsp (teaspoons!) salt (beware, as the bacon adds extra salt to the mix), and 2 tsp pepper. If you want it hotter add enough harissa and/or dried chillis to tickle your pallet.

Place in a bowl, cover with cling-film and allow the mixture to rest for 1-2 hours in your refrigerator.

Place in a non-stick bread tin. If you want, cover the tin with slices of bacon.

Place in a larger baking dish filled with water (bain-marie), and bake in a medium hot oven (175C / 340F) for around one hour. Check that it is cooked thorough by making an incision with a pin and check that the core is hot.

Allow the meatloaf to rest 10 minutes before you remove it from the tin. Serve with a salad, your favourite sauce, and potatoes or rice.

More meatloaf on Enjoy Food & Travel

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