Cold meatloaf with squashed tomato & pepper salsa

Cold meatloaf with squashed tomato & pepper salsa

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 10 mins


Serves 6
Thickly slice this meatloaf and serve in rolls as a picnic burger, or on its own as a tasty and economical cold cut

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal472
  • fat29g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre3g
  • protein38g
  • salt0.57g
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  • 500g pack beef mince



    The classic cut of meat for a British Sunday roast, beef is full of flavour, as well as being a…

  • 500g pack pork mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 50g stale breadcrumbs
  • handful oregano sprigs, leaves picked, or use 1 tsp dried



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • handful thyme sprigs, leaves picked, or use 1 tsp dried, plus extra for scattering


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 2 rosemary sprigs, leaves picked



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 2 garlic cloves, 1 crushed, 1 thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • bread rolls and rocket leaves, to serve

For the salsa

  • 2 red and 2 yellow peppers, deseeded and thickly sliced



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • ½ tsp dried crushed chillies



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 300g ripe tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • handful basil leaves


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Put the mince, onion, eggs, crumbs, 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp black pepper into a large bowl. Roughly chop the oregano leaves and finely chop the thyme and rosemary leaves. Add the herbs and crushed garlic to the bowl, then mix very well with your hands. Grease a 900g/2lb loaf tin with a little oil, then press in the mince, leaving the top a little mounded. Scatter with a few more thyme leaves and drizzle with a little oil.

  2. Toss the peppers with the remaining garlic, 2 tbsp oil and chillies in a large roasting tin. Put the meatloaf and peppers into the oven, with the peppers on the shelf below the meat. Roast for 30 mins.

  3. Meanwhile, quarter the tomatoes or chop a little smaller if they are large. After 30 mins, stir the tomatoes, vinegar and sugar into the peppers, which should be starting to look soft and turning golden at the edges, then cook for 40 mins more. The meatloaf should be hot in the middle (test with a skewer), and the tomatoes looking soft and juicy.

  4. Pour the excess fat and juice away from the meatloaf, then leave to cool. Squash the tomatoes into the peppers with the back of a fork, tear in the basil and season. Put into a container. Wrap meatloaf and its tin in foil. Serve sliced in rolls with salsa and a handful of rocket.

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11th Sep, 2017
This is by far the best meatloaf recipe I have used. Very easy to make, tasty and moist. Never bothered with the salsa. Cold cuts are just as good. Served it at my wedding buffet and got more compliments on this than anything else on the buffet
13th Nov, 2015
10th May, 2012
Very nice but turned out a bit dry so will (hate to say it) use value mince next time for a higher fat content! Also will shape it by hand and cook straight on the tray as I like my meatloaf very browned on the outside and I think cooking it in a loaf tin makes it a bit anaemic! But very tasty, didn't make the salsa this time but will do next time as I'm making it for a picnic in a couple of weeks.
24th Feb, 2012
No chance of cold cuts the following day, husband and daughter scoffed the lot!!
30th Jan, 2012
I love Salsa recipes. Check out my home made salsa recipe: It's 'lacto fermented' which naturally improves the digestibility and vitamin content of the salsa!
20th Dec, 2011
Excellent meatloaf recipe and the salsa is delicious. We have taken it up several mountains as it makes great portable food - just slice it and wrap in in foil and then carry the salsa in a tupperware and bring a bag of rolls. Scrummy!
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15th Sep, 2011
Ate hot with veg and new potatoes. The peppers burnt a bit in my unpredictable oven, but the salsa still turned out awesome. Added a bit more chilli flakes than stated, as the other half and myself love spicy food. One end of my meatloaf came out with solidifying fat on it, but it was easily scraped off and disposed of. Absolutely lovely, both really enjoyed it. Going to make meatloaf, salsa and olive sandwiches for work tomorrow.
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8th Jul, 2011
We loved this, excellent meatloaf and roasted chilli peppers. Will be making again and again! YUM! Only comment is that the peppers did not need as much time in the oven as was suggested. But yummy nonetheless!
26th Jun, 2011
This is a brilliant recipe - just had to look it up on the website because I had temporarily misplaced my paper copy of the mag that it appeared in and thought I would leave a comment. I often make it to take camping with us because it does an easy cold friday night supper with potato salad and stuff that I also make and take with us, then does for a picnic lunch on the Saturday. The salsa is a bit spicy for the kids still but I keep trying them with it - the grown ups LOVE it.
22nd Sep, 2010
This is a wonderful recipe - I did add some sliced chilli and some veggies just to make it look a bit prettier - but OMG this is moreish - serve with loads of different salads, we kept going back for more. Highly recommended very tasty.


25th May, 2014
Hello, can anyone tell me how long the salsa would last for once it is made? Thank you.
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2nd Jun, 2014
Hi there. It would keep for up to 3 days if kept in an airtight container in the fridge.
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