Tuscan inspired gluten free lamb meatloaf
The fresh herbs in this recipe bring a vitality to the taste buds, making this scrummy and nourishing meatloaf a real heart warmer meal that is perfect for sharing widely
SERVES: 4 PREP TIME: 40 mins COOK TIME: 50 mins
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 400g baby spinach
- 1 large onion, finely sliced
- 6 garlic cloves, crushed
- Small bunch chopped fresh rosemary (or 4 tbsp)
- Small bunch fresh thyme (or 4 tbsp)
- ⅓ cup green peas
- 800g lamb mince
- 1 cup chopped parsley
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 egg
- ½ cup almond meal
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan, add the spinach and cook gently until the spinach is wilted.
- Transfer the spinach into a bowl and allow to cool.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add the onion, garlic, rosemary and thyme. Sauté until the onions turn a golden brown, stirring occasionally.
- Add the spinach and peas into the frying pan and heat through while stirring to infuse the flavours into the vegetables.
- Place ½ of the mix into a large mixing bowl and set aside the remaining mix.
- Oil a 900g loaf tin.
- Heat the oven to 180˚C.
- In the mixing bowl with ½ the vegetables in, add the lamb mince, parsley, remaining olive oil, pepper, egg and almond meal. With your hands (you might like to wear gloves) knead the mixture for 1-2 minutes.
- Take a bit over half the meat mixture and press into the loaf pan, making a well into the meat for the set aside vegetable mix to sit in. Add the vegetable mix and flatten out well. Top the loaf with the remaining meat mixture, ensuring that there are no gaps around the edges.
- Bake for 50 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes. Turn the loaf out of the tin and garnish with some fresh herbs before serving.
- You can vary this recipe by using beef or chicken mince.
- Have fun mixing up the herbs you use – once you have tried this a few times it becomes a brilliant foundation for lots of variation
- Placed on a large plate, serving board or dish, you can have fun decorating around the loaf with accompanying salads and/or vegetables.