Unlike American style meatloaf, which is typically spread with ketchup or tomato sauce as the topping, this recipe calls for topping the meat mixture with a cornmeal batter before it goes into the oven. It's a refreshing change of pace and helps to stretch the meat even further, for a more economical family dinner. For the meat layer, ground beef and mushrooms are sauteed with aromatics to lock in the flavor, so the loaf only needs to bake for about 20 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 200 grams wheat flour
  • 200 grams corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 70 grams grated cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 70 grams olive oil
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 1 red pepper (sliced)
  • 500 grams ground beef
  • fresh mushrooms (sliced)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (approximately 400°F).
  2. Grease a loaf pan with butter.
  3. For the top layer, in a bowl, mix wheat flour, corn flour, baking powder, sugar, cheese, and salt.
  4. Mix olive oil, milk, vinegar, and egg.
  5. Combine flour mixture and milk mixture.
  6. For the meat, heat olive oil in a pan and sauté garlic, onion and pepper.
  7. Add meat and cook.
  8. Add mushrooms. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated.
  9. Place meat mixture in a round baking pan and spread out evenly.
  10. Cover with top layer mixture and spread out evenly with a spatula.
  11. Bake in preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.
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