Irish meatloaf

An irish meatloaf - Alex9500
An irish meatloaf - Alex9500

Meatloaf is a recipe of American origin, which has become widespread in Ireland today. Simple, and delicious, it has the advantage of being easy to make, and can be made in an infinite number of ways depending on the contents of your fridge! A delicacy, to be tasted if possible at Halloween time, because the Meatloaf has the advantage of being able to be shaped as you wish!

Irish Meatloaf Recipe

American flavor meatloaf

In Ireland, Meatloaf has the advantage of being an economical and rather convivial dish. The latter comes in the form of a meatloaf, made from a mixture of ground beef, milk, egg and breadcrumbs.
For the rest, it’s all a question of creativity: there are as many meatloaf as there are Irish people who like to eat it! Onions, vegetables, cheese, spices, mushrooms… Anything goes!

However, it should be noted that meatloaf is most often cooked with a topping of ketchup or barbecue sauce: it allows you to caramelise the meat in the oven, and to bring that sweet and sour touch that Anglo-Saxons appreciate so much.

Generally speaking, meatloaf can be “shaped” easily by hand. This leaves a lot of possibilities to make a terrifying Halloween dish! Pumpkin heads, bats… It’s up to you and your family to create the scariest dish of the year! Usually, children like to participate, and the moment is rather friendly! The Irish are very used to this tradition!


  • 500g of ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 sweet pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 can of tomato pulp
  • 150mL of milk
  • 20mL Irish whiskey (Paddy type for example)
  • 180g of breadcrumbs
  • 6 tablespoons Ketchup or Barbecue sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of mustard
  • Slices of bacon
  • Cilantro.
  • Salt, pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C
  2. Thinly slice the onions, the pepper and crush the garlic
  3. Fry them in a frying pan with a little oil
  4. In a bowl, mix the beef with the egg. Mix well.
  5. Then add the milk, whiskey, breadcrumbs, tomato pulp, coriander, salt and pepper. Mix again.
  6. Add the cooked onions, pepper and garlic to the bowl.
  7. Then oil a cake pan and place the mixture in it. (You can of course give it the shape you want).
  8. Bar the top of the meat with slices of bacon
  9. Mix the ketchup and mustard in a bowl.
  10. Spread the preparation on the bacon with a brush polish.
  11. Put it in the oven for 50 minutes at 180°C. Don’t forget to stick a knife into the meatloaf from time to time to ensure that it is cooked: this may vary depending on the size of your meatloaf.
  12. Just serve hot, with salad and/or fries!

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