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Chicken, Bacon and Vegetable Meatloaf

This Chicken, Bacon and Vegetable Meatloaf came about when I was was looking to make a tasty no fuss meal that I could bake ahead and reheat later for dinner. I was planning meatballs, but wasn’t in the mood for rolling them, so decided to make meatloaf. This was the delicious result, hope you like it too?

Ingredients
1 red onion, peeled, halved
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 large stick celery, roughly chopped
1 large carrot, roughly chopped
½ large red capsicum, roughly chopped
1 large handful baby spinach
1 teaspoon dried thyme (or 2 teaspoons of fresh)
1 teaspoon smokey paprika
½ cup rolled quinoa (can substitute fresh breadcrumbs also)
1 free-range or organic egg
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
500g chicken mince
3-4 large rashers free-range bacon

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180℃.
  2. In a food processor, chop the onion, garlic, celery, carrot, capsicum and spinach finely. Place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the thyme, paprika, rolled quinoa and egg and mix to combine. Add the chicken mince and squeeze together to combine the ingredients well.
  4. Now line a loaf tin with your bacon rashers so they cover the base and sides of the tin.
  5. Press the minced mixture in the tin (so it’s firmly packed) and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. Once cooked, drain the delicious juices from the tin into a little jug and invert the loaf onto a tray. Place it under a moderate grill for 5 minutes or so to crisp the bacon.
  7. Slice with a serrated knife and serve with the reserved pan juices.

Thermomix method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180℃.
  2. In the TMX, chop the onion, garlic, celery, carrot, capsicum and spinach 10 seconds, speed 5.
  3. Add the thyme, paprika, rolled quinoa and egg and mix to combine, 10 seconds, speed 2. Add the chicken mince and mix, reverse, 20 seconds, speed 2 (you will need to scrape down the sides to help it combine fully).
  4. Now line a loaf tin with your bacon rashers so they cover the base and sides of the tin.
  5. Press the minced mixture in the tin and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. Once cooked, drain the delicious juices from the pan into a little jug and invert the loaf onto a tray. Place it under a moderate grill for 5 minutes or so to crisp the bacon.
  7. Slice with a serrated knife and serve with the reserved pan juices.
  8. Note – it can also be steamed in the Varoma for 45 minutes (then bacon crisped as above).

Variations

Egg-free
Just omit it. It won’t be quite as firm, but still delicious.

 

Serve…

  • With steamed vegetables or a big salad.
  • I also love meatloaf with mashed potato or sweet potato. To make a simple mashed sweet potato, place washed whole sweet potatoes in the oven to bake alongside the meatloaf. Once they are cooked, simply scoop the flesh out of the skin and mash with a dollop of butter and sea salt.

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  • Elisa James

    Made this tonight. I thought it was delicious and it was a total hit with my son but unfortunately it wasn’t a winner for my 2 girls. So easy to make and looks really great when you slice it. Thanks Georgia.

    • Sorry only half of you liked it, I have it in the oven now g x

  • Sue

    This is one of the easiest and most delicious meals I’ve cooked in a long time. My four absolutely loved it, even the fussy toddler! Thanks so much, Sue

    • Yay – so pleased and thanks for taking the time to comment, G x

  • Nicole Bartlett

    Made this the other night everyone loved it except mr 3 who just hasn’t developed the taste for different texture, but will continue to make as I loved preparing it the night before and could just pop in oven for 30 mins. Please continue with your delicious recipes I love them all. Thanks G

    • Glad you liked it Nicole, yes it is very easy and convenient, on of my go-to’s for busy afternoons G x

  • Rachel Smoker

    Hi Georgia,
    Do you think it would freeze ok?

  • Kelly Berghella

    Hi Georgia, I made this yesterday for the first time. So simple to prepare and it looked very appealing on the plate (my guests thought I had purchased it 🙂 )
    I didn’t find mine a little soggy though, but I think it is because when I grated my veggies I might’ve blitzed them a bit too much and they went watery (I don’t have a great food processer). Next time I think I will absorb some of the liquid a bit, so the loaf is a bit firmer (yours looks much firmer in the picture than mine).
    Will make again for sure, interested to hear how anyone goes freezing it as I always try to make double batches.

    • That’s great Kelly – yes I have over processed vegetables before with meatballs and they went a bit soggy. Either wring it more or add extra binder (breadcrumbs / rolled quinoa). I can’t see why you couldn’t freeze it – I have with meatballs, but not this exact recipe. G x

  • Sandra Schwennesen

    Yum yum we tried this for dinner last night & it was delicious! The kids loved it too..my son (6) had a bit of sweet chilli sauce on the side & called it “Thai Meatloaf” 🙂 Thanks for the great recipes x

    • Glad you all liked it Sandra – love your sons Thai twist G x

  • Trisha

    Silly question but is ‘rolled’ quinoa just cooked quinoa?

    • Hi Trish. No it is actually rolled – like rolled oats (which you can sub with if you don’t have rolled quinoa) G x

  • Sophia Lagastes

    I am definitely going to make this. Do you think I can substitute with other mince and if I do should I alter any of the other ingredients to complement?

    • Hi Sophia. Yes you can sub with another mince for sure – all other ingredients can stay the same for sure. Enjoy G x

  • Laura

    Would this work without quinoa or bread crumbs??

    • Sorry for the delay in responding Laura- my hubby has had a bad accident this week and is in hospital so I’m just behind in everything. It will work flavour wise, It just might not hold together quite as well. Enjoy G x

      • Laura

        Family comes first so Thank you so much I’m dying to try but don’t like quinoa and am doing no bread now …

        • Anna George

          Can you use oats? They work great in meatloaf.

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