Meatloaf is a dish of ground meat mixed with other ingredients, formed into a loaf shape, then baked or smoked. The loaf shape is formed by either cooking it in a loaf pan, or forming it by hand on a flat baking pan. This dish is usually made from ground beef, although pork, chicken and seafood are also used.
In some places of the Philippines, you can taste Embutido and Hardinera are traditional meatloaf version. A special dish and is often served only on special occasions, made with a delightful mix of ground chicken or pork, sausage, liver spread, sweet pickles, cheese, green peas, raisins ,pineapple tidbits, herbs and spices.
Here’s my meatloaf recipe – the ingredients and process are simple. Get slice bread and cut the edges, pour the milk over the bread and allow it to soak in for several minutes.
Place the ground beef, milk-soaked bread, eggs, chopped onion, green bell pepper, green raisins and parsley in a large mixing bowl.
Before mixing the meat, season it with salt and pepper. Also consider adding some of your favorite dried herbs or spices. With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined.
Place the meatloaf mixture into a loaf pan and press to make compact in the pan. Or you can form a freestanding loaf onto a rimmed baking pan.
Bake for 1 hour at 350°F, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the meatloaf reads 155°F. After removing the meatloaf from the oven, let it rest for five minutes before cutting into it. Then use a metal spatula to gently lift the meatloaf out of the loaf pan to a serving plate. Brush the meatloaf with sauce mixture of butter, pineapple juice and tomato paste. Slice and serve.
Meatloaf: 1 cup milk, 6 bread slices, 2 pounds ground beef 1/2 green raisins, 1 teaspoon salt, Freshly ground black pepper, chopped green bell pepper, 1/4 to 1/2 cup minced flat-leaf parsley, 3 eggs – Tomato Sauce: 1/2 cup tomato paste , 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon dry mustard , 1 cup pineapple juice and butter.Dash or 2 hot sauce (more if you like)
Tips: Any combination of beef, veal, pork, or lamb works really well. If you’re using very lean meat, consider blending it with about 30% ground pork. The fattier pork with keep the meatloaf moist and tender.