Meatloaf – oh the memories. Its those memories of the hustle and bustle of the school dining room. Queuing for your lunch on your brown tray, the dinner ladies serving your lunch and then away you go to sit down. It was meatloaf for me that holds these memories as it was always a dull dinner. No added flavor, mass produced and usually over cooked, especially if you were given the end piece.
This usually accompanied either packet mash or if we were lucky lumpy fresh mash. Oh those were the days.
Well moving on to this version and not too difficult to make at all. Enough spice and mellow garlic flavour to want more and then this delightful bite of pancetta running through the moist and juicy meatloaf.
When accompanied by a sweet, rich onion gravy what more can a boy ask for.
I particularly like this onion gravy with this meatloaf as I add cranberry sauce to sit alongside the sweet caramelisation of the onions with this piquant cranberry and then when eaten with the soft meatloaf there is this ending zing of chilli. Not too hot and far from non existent. A masterful blend of flavours make this a wonderful dish that reminds us of how meatloaf is meant to be done.