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This meatloaf recipe from actress and Celebrity Masterchef winner Sophie Thompson is a real crowdpleaser. Made with minced beef and pork mince, it is moist, spicy and completely delicious hot or cold.

First published in 2015

This is a great thing to prep and have cold at a weekend lunch when the in-laws are rocking up or there's a bit of a do and you want something easy to serve. It's a loaf of course pâté really, so break open those pickled onions and gherkins that are skulking in the cupboard, not to mention the chutney and the mustard. A good strong piece of Cheddar wouldn't go amiss either.

This recipe is from Sophie Thompson's book My Family Kitchen: Favourite Recipes from Four Generationspublished by Faber & Faber, September 2015.





Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/Gas 6
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook gently for about 10 minutes until softened. Add the thyme and continue to cook for a few more minutes. Tip into a shallow bowl and set aside to cool
In a large mixing bowl mix together the eggs, Dijon mustard, tomato ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and spices. Finely chop the sun-dried tomatoes (you’ll need some oil from the jar later) and add to the bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add the beef and pork mince and breadcrumbs and then the cooled vegetables. Use your hands to squidge it all together
Lightly oil a 1kg loaf tin with some of the sun-dried tomato oil and then use the bacon to line the base and sides of the tin. Fill the loaf tin almost to the top with your magic meaty mixture, pressing down well, and flip any overhanging bacon back over the top. Cover the top of the tin with a piece of baking paper and secure with string
Place the loaf tin in a deep roasting tray and half-fill the tray with boiling water. Carefully transfer to the oven and cook for 1 1/4 hours
Remove the loaf tin from the tray and set the tray of hot water aside for now. Carefully remove the baking paper and drain away any liquid that is in the loaf tin. Preheat the grill to high. Turn your loaf out on to a lightly oiled baking tray and place under the grill for 8–10 minutes, or until the bacon is nicely browned
Meanwhile take your Savoy cabbage leaves and cut away the tough central stalk. Place the leaves in the tray of hot water and leave to soften for a few minutes. Drain on kitchen paper and then arrange on a lovely serving dish. Place the meatloaf on top of the leaves
First published in 2015

Sophie Thompson is an award-winning actress and Celebrity MasterChef winner. Her new cookbook, My Family Kitchen, is a collection of fuss-free, delicious recipes relayed with her trademark humour, warmth and vivaciousness.

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