I’m a meatloaf lover.
I mean, what’s not to love? It’s flavorful. It’s got a good texture. It’s meaty.
It’s traditionally eaten with mashed potatoes.
How can you not be a fan??
Somehow, that husband of mine isn’t. The man would rather have hamburger than steak, yet he doesn’t care for meatloaf.
I don’t get it, but whatever.
Since he was working late tonight, I figured I’d take advantage of his absence and whip up a primal version of meatloaf, with some cauliflower mashed potatoes and a salad.
It. Was. Delicious.
Most meatloaf is made with some sort of filler/binder- bread, bread crumbs, the ever popular oatmeal. Since that’s all out, I dug around on the interwebz until I found a couple recipes that I thought might work- and then I tossed them out the window and pretty much played around with it.
I started with 3Tbs of minced white onion. To these I added 1Tbs of heavy whipping cream, some garlic powder, cracked black pepper, and salt.
White on yellow-clear on white, all in a white bowl. How..visually appealing.
Clearly, advance thought is not my forte.
I mixed it all up with a fork, and crumbled 1 1/2 lbs ground beef over it all.
I wasn’t sure if it was needed or not, but for safe measure, I threw a couple spoonfuls of almond meal in the mix. Next time I’ll leave it out, see what results I get.
Because I’m a fan of the flavor ketchup adds to meatloaf, I add about a tablespoon and a half. I know, it’s not entirely primal, but shhhhh, don’t tell Mark Sisson!
Note to self: Try the homemade ketchup recipe at over at NeoHomesteading, since I just used the last of the ketchup up tonight!
A gave it a good mix with my hands, and then I shaped it all into a loaf in my (greased) 9×13 pan. Usually I use my broiler pan to drain away the juices, but since it was already in use, this was the next best thing.
My hands-down favorite meatloaf recipe calls for a glaze of brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and ketchup. I halved the usual amount of glaze, just so I wouldn’t be tempted- as I usually am- to just eat the glazed top-layer of the meatloaf!
The ketchup is sweet enough that I needed only a tiny bit of sweetener. Since the brown sugar is a no-no, so I used the tiniest bit of honey instead, about a half teaspoon.
The meatloaf wasn’t quite ‘loafy’ enough, so I spread the meat out and flattened it a bit more, then topped it with the glaze.
I had a serious hankering for bacon tonight. I almost considered tossing the meatloaf in favor of something pretty much all-bacon, but logic won out. Why not top the meatloaf with some of my homemade bacon?
I sliced it up thick, laid it over the top, and popped the meatloaf into the oven.
It didn’t take long for the house to start smelling AWESOME.
Less than an hour later, this was the result.
If I were a patient woman, I would have popped the meatloaf under the broiler to crisp up the bacon even more, but this was just delicious as is.
3Tbs minced white onion
1 Tbs heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1-2 Tbs ketchup
2 Tbs almond meal
1.5-2lbs ground beef
2 Tbs ketchup
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp honey
thick sliced bacon
Preheat oven to 375F.
Combine white onion, cream, egg, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, ketchup and almond meal.
Crumble beef loosely with your hands over the mixture, and combine thoroughly.
Shape into a loaf on a greased broiler pan.
In a small separate bowl, combine the rest of the ketchup, the balsamic vinegar, and the honey.
Use the back of the spoon to glaze the meatloaf thinly on the sides and top.
Layer bacon across the top of the meatloaf.
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the thickness of your loaf.