7.31.2012

Ma! The Meatloaf!

A few days back I pulled out an armload of frozen meat from my freezer with nary a plan for what I was going to prepare.  I always like to have a meat assortment "at the ready" so I'm never stuck without a last minute back-up for lunch or dinner.

Once the two pounds of frozen grass-fed ground beef and one pound of frozen compassionate certified pork became a cool, pliable mound of meat... I knew it was time to dig for a recipe.  Then it came to me - why not try to make meatloaf?  Not only would it make an abundance of meals for the week, but it opened the door to many a Will Ferrell joke.  And anytime I can laugh about my food before, during, and after eating it - I know it is a dang good meal.

If you have not seen Wedding Crashers, feel free to enjoy the "Meatloaf" scene with Will Ferrell.  Word of caution: subject and language is NSFW.


I giggled to myself as I sorted through recipe after recipe, thinking how fun it would be to scream "The Meatloaf!" every time Matt and I sat down for dinner.  I found a recipe online that was not only Paleo friendly but included BACON.  And sure enough, it required two pounds of ground beef and one pound of ground pork.

The recipe I used is located HERE at Health-Bent.  But if you Google "Paleo Meatloaf", there are plenty of recipe options from which to choose.  As usual, I made a few small tweaks to the original recipe:

Instead of the 9" cake pans, I went old school with 3x one pound loaf pans
I lined the bottoms of the pans with bacon as well as the top of the meat loaf.  The more bacon the merrier.
I used Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes with Green Chilies in my tomato sauce - which made the sauce taste much more like a salsa than a "homemade ketchup".
Total cook time was closer to 1 hour 15 minutes, once internal temp of each loaf reached 160 degrees F.

I didn't get many pictures, but trust me - the final product was DELICIOUS!  How could it not be when the meat is encased by tasty pieces of bacon?


One pan was immediately sliced and placed into the freezer for future meals and Matt and I have been delighting in the other pans over the past few days.  To be honest, I have lost count of how many times he has called me on the way home merely exclaiming "MA!  THE MEATLOAF!  I WANT IT!" in my ear before I could even squeak out my initial "hello?"  

Definitely keeping this tasty little recipe at the top of my files for future use and one I will be using for a non meatloaf-loving crowd!





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