This Syn Free Meatloaf recipe is an old favourite of ours. Actually, let me correct myself…..This Syn Free Meatloaf is a variation of an old favourite of ours!
Many years ago, when we used to have our restaurant, this was one of the most popular items on the menu. When I tell you it was originally based on an old Two Fat Ladies recipe, you’ll probably understand why it wasn’t very Slimming World friendly.
Our original version of the recipe would have contained an awful lot of syns. Full fat beef, pork, bacon and sausage meat, lots of butter and a whole bottle of Red Wine. Yes, I did say a whole bottle!!
We were looking through some pictures from our restaurant days and came across the famous meatloaf. This made us realise just how much we miss some of our old favourites, so we set about making this Syn Free Meatloaf.
You’ll notice that we have used Slimming World Syn Free Sausages for this purely to keep it syn free, but if you don’t mind using a couple of syns you can use whichever sausages you want. Porky Lights, for example, would only cost you 2 syns for the whole lot or Heck Chicken Italia for 3 syns (they’re a bit on the small side so you’d probably need 6-8 sausages rather than 4)
As we’re using very low fat meat and bacon medallions in this recipe there won’t be too much moisture during cooking, so it’s quite important that you spray the baking tray with Frylight before cooking. This will ensure the meatloaf doesn’t stick. You should also spray the meatloaf itself with Frylight before cooking due to the lack of fat on the bacon.
When ever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray, which makes it Syn free! The Sunflower or Olive Oil flavours are ideal for this Syn Free Meatloaf.
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Sauté the onions, mushrooms and garlic in a little Frylight, until they are soft
Add the red wine vinegar and balsamic and allow to reduce until all the liquid has evaporated
Remove from the heat and set aside
Remove the sausage meat from the skins and place it in a large bowl, then add the minced beef and pork
Add nutmeg, coriander, allspice and thyme, then season with a little salt and pepper (don't forget the bacon will be salty. Using your hands, mix well until everything is combined
Mix in the onions, mushrooms and garlic, then add the beaten egg. Combine well with your hands
Frylight a roasting pan and place all the mixture in it, molding it into an oval shape. Arrange the bacon medallions over the top, overlapping each piece and tucking the ends under the meat, so that there are no gaps. Spray the surface with some Frylight
Tuck some bay leaves into the bacon, then cook in a preheated oven for 10 minutes, then lower the heat to 180°C and cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes
Remove the loaf and place on a serving dish. Serve hot or cold.
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