Meat Loaf with Onion Sauce

meat loaf with onion sauce

Meat Loaf with Onion Sauce

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An economical recipe, to serve hot one day, cold the next. The loaf has a good, firm texture and plenty of flavour.
Servings: 4
Calories: 368


  • 1 oz butter
  • 2 medium onions skinned and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 lb lean minced beef
  • 3 oz fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 garlic clove skinned and crushed
  • 4 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh mixed herbs or 1 tsp dried
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 oz plain wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 pint fresh milk


  • Grease a 900 ml (1 1/2 pint) loaf tin, then line the base with greased greaseproof paper. Set aside.
  • Melt 15 g (1/2 oz) of the butter in a frying pan. Add half of the onions and cook until softened. Add the paprika and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Remove from the heat.
  • Add the beef, breadcrumbs, garlic, tomato puree and herbs. Season to taste. Stir thoroughly until evenly mixed, then bind with the beaten egg.
  • Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin, level the surface and cover tightly with foil. Stand the tin in a roasting tin and pour in water to a depth of 2.5 cm (1 inch). Bake the meat loaf at 180°C (350°F) mark 4 for
  • 1 1/2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, melt the remaining butter in a saucepan. Add the rest of the onion and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes until soft but not coloured. Add the flour and cook over low heat, stirring, for 1 - 2 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and gradually stir in the milk, stirring after each addition to prevent lumps forming. Bring to the boil slowly and continue to cook, stirring continuously, then simmer for 2 - 3 minutes until thick and smooth. Simmer very gently for a further 2 - 3 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. To serve, turn out the meat loaf on to a warmed serving plate and peel off the lining paper. Serve with the hot onion sauce. Accompany with creamed potatoes and courgettes.
Calories: 368 kcal
Carbohydrates: 30 g
Protein: 31 g
Fat: 15g
Saturated Fat: 8 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 132 mg
Sodium: 287 mg
Potassium: 672 mg
Fiber: 4 g
Sugar: 7 g
Vitamin A: 475 IU
Vitamin C: 12 mg
Calcium: 123 mg
Iron: 5 mg
Cuisine British
Ingredients Beef
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