Friday, October 3, 2014

Sweet & Savory Paleo Meatloaf (Recipe Revisit)

This is the only meatloaf the caveman is willing to eat, and both of my kids like it too. Everyone cleaned their plates tonight, so I thought it was worthy of a re-share.

I originally adapted the recipe from Julee at PaleOMG. I go a little heavier on the vegetables, and also cooked them down before mixing them into the meat. This time around I added some pistachios for crunch, but you can easily omit them. I also used a mixture of turkey and beef and everyone actually preferred it to an all-beef loaf.

I bake this recipe in two loaf pans so that I have an extra to freeze to have on hand. Just halve the proportions if you only want to make one loaf.

While I used almond meal this time, I also wanted to share that I've used ground flax instead with great results (if you want a nut-free option).

Sweet & Savory Paleo Meatloaf
adapted from PaleOMG

2.5 lbs. ground beef and/or turkey
1 medium sweet potato, shredded
1/4 cup minced zucchini
1/4 cup minced crimini mushrooms
1 medium onion, chopped
1 lb. nitrite-free bacon
1 cup almond meal (can use some or all ground flax as well)
2 eggs
1/2 cup total raisins, currants or juice-sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 tbs. cinnamon
 1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
3 tbs. unsalted pistachios
salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 400. Chop 1/2 of the bacon into bite size pieces and cook in a large skillet over medium heat. When the bacon is beginning to release grease, add the onion and raisins to the pan. Once the onion is softening and raisins are plumping, add sweet potato, zucchini and mushrooms. Season with a little salt and pepper.

Cook for a couple of minutes more, then remove from heat. Add bacon mixture to a large bowl along with ground meat, almond meal, eggs, pistachios and seasoning.

Use your hands to really work the mixture together. Once well-mixed, spread out into 2 greased loaf pans. Cut remaining bacon to lay across the top of the loaves.

Bake uncovered for 45 minutes. I like to finish it off under the broiler for a minute or two to really crisp up the bacon.

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