Rie’s Meat Loaf/Menchi Katsu



Meat loaf is one of my husband’s favorite dishes and he is very happy when I make this for him. This recipe is based on a good meat loaf recipe I found in my mother-in-law’s old cooking book and I changed some ingredients as they are not available here in Oslo. It is very easy and always successful and I like this recipe very much.

PS… In November 2015 this recipe was chosen to be included in the article “28 Meal Loaf recipes in the world” by Ms. Joy D’Souza, Food Editor in Canadian Huffington Post. I was very happy when I received the news! I paste the link here to the article and the slide show. Please check out the other 27 wonderful meat loaf recipes in the world!

Rie’s Meat Loaf
This recipe is enough for 5-6 people, it uses a baking dish (1.5L volume)

Beef ground meat   500g
Pork ground meat   200g

Bread crumb      40g
Egg        1
Milk     125g
Salt, black pepper, garlic powder

Ketchup   1 table spoon
Worchester sauce    1 table spoon

Onion   100g
Carrot    50g
Celery    80g
Red paprika   100g

Salad oil


1. Mix bread crumbs and milk in a container and add egg. Mix all well and let it stand so that bread crumbs absorb milk and egg well. Keep it in fridge for 10 minutes.


2. Cut B) vegetables into small pieces. I use my food processor.

Heat a fry pan, add some salad oil and sautee the vegetables. You do not need to season it. It does not take so long time, maybe 5-6 minutes. Take it off from the heat. Cool it well.

Take the beef and pork ground meat out of the fridge. Put them in a bowl and mix lightly.

When the vegetables are cooled completely, add A) and B) and mix very well. Everything has to be at the same temperature, specially the vegetables should be cooled very well after sautéed. When it is all well mixed, add the seasonings. After ketchup comes in, you can knead it easier. Mix it very well.


If you are making it as Menchi Katsu, make balls, 100g each, and coat with flour, egg, bread crumbs before you deep fry in hot oil.


If you are serving it as a Meat Loaf, fill a baking dish mold with the meat dough. Use your palm to press out any excess air inside. This recipe is perfect for a mold of 1.5L volume.


Bake it in the oven 180C for 45-50 minutes. I take it out once in the middle of baking and discard fat and fatty juice. Then I turn it around to put even brown color on the surface of the meat loaf.

When it is finished, take it out of the oven and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.

The meat loaf has already good seasonings in it but if you like to make a gravy, here is the recipe :

Pour all the juice in the meat loaf pan to a small sauce pan. Heat it up to reduce to half or until it is reduced to be about 1/4 cup. Add 1/4 cup red wine and reduce more. When the juice reduction and wine becomes thick but still aromatic add 1 table spoon of ketchup, 1 tea spoon of mustard and some drops of Tabasco. Season with salt.

Bon appétit!

xxx Rie


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