This meatloaf recipe will become a fave. The man in your life will love it in sandwiches, the kids will love it in their lunchbox and it is delicious with mashed spuds and steamed veges for an old-fashioned, healthy yet budget conscious meal. My tribute to All Black Piri Weepu.

Serves 6

The Best Meatloaf

(This recipe takes about 1.5hrs to cook)

600g lean ground beef
600g sausage meat
1 cup fine breadcrumbs
2 medium onions, chopped fine
1 Tablespoon curry powder
1/2 cup water
1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
1 beaten egg
1 clove crushed garlic
1/2 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Sauce:
1 very finely chopped or minced onion
1 ounce margarine or butter
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup red wine or beef stock
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup water
2 Tablespoons vinegar
1 Tablespoon instant coffee
2 teaspoons lemon juice

How to make the meatloaf:

Combine the beef, sausage, breadcrumbs, onions, salt & pepper, garlic, parsley, curry and egg in a large bowl. Mix it all up well. Mix milk and water and add to the meat mixture a bit at a time until it is smooth but firm. Shape into a loaf shape and put into a greased baking tin.

Bake for 30min at 190 degrees. While the meatloaf is cooking, make up the sauce.

SAUCE:
Saute the onions in margarine or butter until golden. Add the tomato sauce, wine (or beef stock), worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, water, vinegar, coffee and lemon juice. Bring slowly to the boil, lower heat and simmer for 10 or so minutes.

After the meatloaf has cooked for 30min or so, pour half the sauce over the meatloaf, return it to the oven and bake for another 45min, basting often with remaining sauce.

Serve the loaf hot with tomato sauce, or the remaining sauce which is also great (as above) for kids lunchboxes cold, or in sandwiches.

“The BBQ sauce mixture is also lovely as a marinade for ribs, chicken kebabs etc. My mother in law in Brisbane got me onto this yummy meatloaf recipe!” Kim Reilly, Dunedin.

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