Not every lean meatloaf recipe is created equal and I will be the first to say that this one is the best one I’ve tried! If you’re at a loss for what to make for dinner tonight and you want something that’s good for your family, yet still fills them up, this is it!! Originally, this recipe came from Gourmet Magazine, but I’ve altered it a tad for a healthier version and one that remains gluten free and paleo.
Ingredients For Lean, Mean, Meatloaf
1 cup fine fresh bread crumbs (from 2 slices firm white sandwich bread) – I used gluten free bread crumbs
1/3 cup milk (I prefer soy creamer)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium celery rib, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped (I buy the shredded carrots)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter – I omitted this item and used spray olive oil instead
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon cider vinegar (I used raspberry vinegar)
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice (omitted)
3 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 cup dried cherries or pitted prunes, chopped (Omitted)
1 1/2 pound ground beef chuck (I used organic, grass fed beef)
1/2 pound ground pork (not lean) – ( I omitted this also)
2 large eggs
1/3 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup ketchup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Soak bread crumbs in milk in a large bowl.
Meanwhile, cook onion, celery, and carrot in butter (I used spray olive oil) in a large heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Cover skillet and reduce heat to low, then cook until carrot is tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic at the end. If you burn garlic while sautéing it has a bitter after taste ( you don’t want that in your meatloaf). Remove from the heat and stir in Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, allspice, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper. Add to bread crumb mixture.
Finely chop bacon and cherries or prunes in a food processor, then add to onion mixture along with beef, pork, eggs, and parsley and mix together with your hands.
Pack mixture together into a loaf and place in a shallow baking dish. Spread ketchup over top and bake for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
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