I love meat loaf and it turns out that so does the little Tapita! It's delicious hot or cold so really convenient. Perfect for picnics for that imminent spring weather that is round the corner.
I have added a lot of flavour and a lot of vegetables to this meat loaf and it has been a hit with both Mr Tapas and the little Tapita so I am sticking to it from now on (as much as I can stick to any recipe anyway!).
As you don't all have an Instant Pot yet, I have given instructions below for other ways of cooking.
The timings for this recipe are going to depend on what shape and size you decide to give your meat loaf (or if you decide to urn it into meatballs or burgers), I have tried to give as much guidance as I can. A meat thermometer will come in very handy.
I have made it all beef with a mixture of pork and beef and also with all turkey mince. A mixture of pork and beef or all turkey are my favourites. In fact I was expecting the all-turkey meat loaf to be blander in flavour but it's positively delicious and still full of flavour.
You can of course absolutely turn this into patties, burgers, meatballs... Small meatballs in fact you can steam in about 5 minutes with natural release in a steamer basket (these are the most popular Instant Pot steamer baskets and inserts). You could also do mini meat loaves, I have these mini loaf moulds from Sainsbury's, they fit side by side in your Instant Pot, handy if you want to freeze some! In this case do 15 minutes on the trivet.
Of course there's plenty of mix to experiment: mini meat loaves and meat balls. Mini meat loaves for work lunches and meat balls to use instead of sausages in my All-in-One Instant Pot Sausage and Tomato Pasta.
Although you do not need a loaf mould for this, it does help make it very juicy (and for the all-turkey version you do as it doesn't hold together as well). You could wrap it in foil of course, do not pack it up too tight though.
I have used the new Instant Pot Non-Stick Silicone Loaf Mould which has a detachable sturdy tempered glass base, is super easy to use and can go in the dishwasher! It will soon be available in the UK too. I got an early one to play with. Also a round one. They are really really good. I have to say I had my doubts at first with my clumsiness, the glass, the way the silicone wraps around the glass... but, to my surprise, I have found it easier to use than conventional metal springform tins.
|The new Instant Pot Springform Loaf Pan with Tempered Glass Base, soon on sale in the UK|
If you don't have a meat thermometer, I advise you get one. It will come in handy.
For Thermomix users: this recipe helps give your Thermie a workout too, chopping all the veg. You can also mix the meat mix on reverse but it doesn't work all the flavours in as well as a big of hands-on effort (I have tried it both ways now and definitely mixing it all by hand).
Fancy trying it?