Microwave Meatloaf

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Most people only use their microwave to reheat and defrost food, but modern microwaves can do so much more such as crisp, grill and bake. Geoff Jansz has a recipe for meatloaf that makes use of recent innovations in microwaves.

Tip: Given that microwaves use equivalent levels of power to conventional ovens, but take less than half the time to cook, microwave meatloaf is great for when you want a very quick, home-cooked meal.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups beef mince
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of cornflour
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh mixed herbs or 2 teaspoons of dried herbs (parsley, thyme etc)
  • Salt, ground pepper and paprika to taste

Method:

  1. Line the base of a pyrex or other suitable microwave-proof dish with baking paper. This makes it easier to slip out the cooked meatloaf.
  2. Combine the cornflour with the breadcrumbs. This helps to soak up any excess moisture in the recipe.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients with the meat and sauces. Fill the microwave-proof dish and level off the top.
  4. Meatloaf takes about one hour on medium heat in a conventional oven. In the microwave, it takes only 25 minutes on medium power. For a grilled top on the meatloaf, use the griller setting so that the microwave bakes and grills at the same time.
  5. After 25 minutes of cooking, turn off the microwave, and allow the recipe to cook under its own heat for a further 15 minutes. It is important to ‘rest’ microwave recipes, to ensure that they are completely cooked.
  6. This recipe serves 4 to 6 people. Present it sliced on a bed of fresh salad greens with tangy chilli sauce. 

Microwaves

Geoff used a Whirlpool Microwave, Crisp Series VIP 27. However, there are many models that will perform similar bake/microwave/grill functions (such as Sharp Crisp & Bake) and others which will microwave and grill (such as the Sanyo Grill & Microwave). Prices range from $300 upwards.