Meat loaf with lingon sylt and small baked potatoes

Meat loaf with lingon sylt and small baked potatoes

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Scandinavian Comfort Food
Serves
4-6
Photographer
Columbus Leth

Traditionally, meat loaf or meatballs were inexpensive food in Scandinavia. In old cookbooks there are recommendations for going to the butcher and asking for well-aged meat and then mincing it by hand, which indicates to me that those meatballs were way more fancy than we think of them today. Meat was not for everyday consumption, so in many ways this is proper old-school cooking; meat should be treasured and not taken for granted, not even minced meat. Lingon sylt is a Scandinavian tradition that we eat with both meat and fish. In Sweden people eat lingon sylt as often as other nations eat ketchup. As an alternative, you can eat redcurrant jam, but it’s not quite the same!

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient

For the meat loaf

Quantity Ingredient
200g brown mushrooms
500g minced beef
2 eggs
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons thyme leaves, chopped
150ml whole milk
50g breadcrumbs
2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
100g sliced bacon
freshly ground black pepper

For the potatoes

Quantity Ingredient
800g small potatoes
1 lemon
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 rosemary sprigs
2 garlic cloves, halved
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
Lingon sylt

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Rinse the potatoes and keep the skin on. Place them in an ovenproof dish. Slice the lemon and add to the dish with the oil, rosemary sprigs, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
  3. Chop the mushrooms and mix with the minced (ground) beef, eggs, onion, thyme and milk. Now mix in the breadcrumbs, salt and some pepper. Line a roasting tin with baking parchment and form the mixture into 2 loaves. Place them about 5cm apart on the tin, cover with slices of bacon, sprinkle with pepper and bake in the oven for 30–35 minutes. Serve the meatloaf in slices, with the potatoes and some lingon sylt.
  4. I recommend serving this with the Danish Raw Salad (Råkost).
Tags:
Scandinavian
Danish
Swedish
comfort food
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