Monday, 9 December 2013

Tarragon Meatloaf


I'm not sure why meatloaf get's such a bad rap. I defy anyone to dis a meal that involves a tub of sour cream.

Tarragon Meatloaf
slightly adapted from Food Network
Serves 6

500g ground beef
500g ground pork
1 teaspoon hot paprika
2 teaspoons sea salt flakes
1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
2/3 cup tomato ketchup, plus extra for brushing
200ml sour cream
1/4 chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped tarragon leaves
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Line a large shallow-sided baking tray with baking paper.

Put the onion and garlic into the bowl of a food processor and blitz until finely chopped. Heat a small frying pan over medium heat and add a little olive oil, Add the onions and garlic and gently sweat the vegetables until they are soft, about 5 - 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Once the onions and garlic have cooled, put them and the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix and knead them together with your hands.

Mold the meat into a loaf-shape and place it in the centre of the prepared baking tray. Cook for 15 minutes. Brush a little of the extra tomato ketchup over the surface of the loaf and decrease the oven temperature to 180 degrees C. Bake for a further 45 - 50 minutes. Remove from the oven, pour off any excess grease or cooking juices. Brush with a little more tomato ketchup and allow to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.


  1. How nice is that. Different with the sour cream and the it. I'm craving for meatloaf right now!

    1. Sour cream and tarragon - how could that be bad?

  2. Love tarragon, love sour cream, love meatloaf. Want this for breakfast or lunch, I can practically taste it! If anyone ever disses meatloaf in my presence I get a little up in their grill and all Jersey Shore with them.. We take meatloaf very seriously around here. :)

    1. I'm glad to hear it. Meatloaf would have to be one of the most under-apprecieted dishes of all time.

  3. I love meatloaf and this one looks really yummy...Thank you

  4. I have no idea why meatloaf gets a bad rap ... I think it's delicious. It must be from how our mom's made it growing up. I happen to have had great meatloaf when I was a kid. I love this version. I love tarragon in meat salads for sandwiches (chicken and tuna) and I think it sounds great in this meatloaf. Pinned.

    1. I think you're right Lea Ann, there are a lot of average meatloaves out there. The tarragon and sour cream make this meatloaf ultra tasty and super moist.

  5. Mmmm. totally agree with above posters -- I LOVE meatloaf. With some mashed potatoes? So warming and hearty. Love this.