On Sunday night the contestants on MasterChef had to cook a home style meal Admittedly they could only use the core ingredients of oranges and chicken, but there were some "out there" home style meals produced.
I guess if I had to think of what sorts of meals a home style meal would include the list would have to have on it the traditional roast - be it lamb, or chicken, perhaps even a meat pie, and for dessert nothing says home style to me more than a lemon delicious pudding.
Another thing that comes to mind is the humble meatloaf. When was the last time you made a meatloaf??
So last night, with love, I made a meatloaf!!
Meatloaf Glazed with BBQ Sauce
500g lean beef mince
500g sausage mince
1 cup (70g) fresh breadcrumbs
2 brown onions, finely chopped
1 tbs flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 cup milk
1 red onion, cut into wedges
1 tbs olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove crushed garlic
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tbs white vinegar
2 tbs brown sugar
2 tbs worcestershire sauce
1 cup beef stock
1/2 tsp mustard powder
Preheat oven to 200C, or 180C fan. Combine the beef mince, sausage meat, breadcrumbs, onion, parsley, curry powder, and egg in a bowl. Season well with salt and pepper. Add the milk, and mix well. Using hands, shape into a loaf. Place in a small baking dish (use a foil disposable one - no washing up then!!), top with the onion wedges. Bake for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile make the BBQ sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium heat, Cook the onion and garlic for 5 minutes, until nice and soft. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to the boil and simmer for at least 10 minutes, or until it is reduced by half. You may want to add a little of the remaining beef stock to the pan with the meatloaf, just so it doesn't become too dry.
Remove the meatloaf from the oven, and drain off any excess fat. Brush the top with the BBQ sauce. Bake, brushing with sauce once or twice, for another 35-40 minutes, or until the meatloaf is cooked through. Keep remaining sauce to serve with the meatloaf.
Serve with garlicy cheesy mash and peas.
Garlicy Cheesy Mash
Now I know you all know how to make mash so really it's all just about the additions.
To the peeled potatoes in the saucepan add 4 cloves of peeled garlic, boil as per usual.
When the potatoes are cooked, mash the garlic cloves into the potato. Add salt and pepper, and then add approximately 150-200g sour cream - or until the potatoes are a nice fairly stiff consistency.
Grease a small casserole dish, then put in the mash. Top with grated cheese, and then bake in the oven, along with the meatloaf, for the last 10-15 minutes of cooking time, or until the cheese is lovely and golden.
Once you have had mash this way, you may never go back to the boring old way!!!
So Dear Reader, what comes to mind if you were asked to cook a home style meal, made with love of course!!!