2 good-quality pork sausage, meat squeezed from the skins
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, plus sprigs to decorate
50g fresh breadcrumb
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
splash of Worcestershire sauce
Make Cumberland sauce to accompany your meatloaf
Zest 1 orange, then cut away the white pith. Tip the zest into a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, then drain. Tip the zest back into the saucepan with 6 tbsp redcurrant jelly, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp mustard powder and 2 tbsp Port. Simmer for about 5 mins. When it’s syrupy, remove from the heat and leave to cool. Will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Stretch out the bacon with the back of a knife, then trim off and finely chop any stray bits. Line a 900g loaf tin with the bacon, leaving an overhang, and set aside. Tip the rest of the ingredients into a bowl and scrunch well with your hands.
Pack the mix into the tin, pat down well and wrap over the bacon. Put the tin on a tray and bake in the middle of the oven for 1 hr 15 mins or until firm and cooked through. Leave to rest for at least 15 mins, then serve sliced – or leave to cool completely and serve sliced cold for a buffet with salad, or stuffed into a roll. Either way, Cumberland sauce is a must (see tip, below).