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Paleo Meatloaf

This Paleo meatloaf is so insanely delicious. It’s made with ground pork, filled with mushrooms and onions and then toped with tomato sauce. It will make your kids beg for meatloaf.

Beyond Bacon is Stacy Toth & Matthew McCarry’s (the duo behind the blog, Paleo Parents) latest book. 

The cookbook covers recipes for every part of the hog including how to render lard, cure your own bacon and make pork-inspired dishes. 

When you receive your copy (which I hope you will order) you will be surprised by a hardcover (not a softcover like most cookbooks). 

When you open the package to look at the book the cover will grab you instantly. 

Slices of paleo meatloaf on a platter.
Insanely Awesome Meatloaf

I have been awwing over this cover design since it was released. The cover and the whole book evoke a vintage feel that I love. 

The pictures are dark and moody. Little details are throughout, like quotes on the sides of pages, tips for how to change up the recipe, and stories behind every recipe.

Beyond Bacon cookbook open to the meatloaf recipe.
Beyond Bacon

Even before I received my copy of the cookbook I was eyeing this meatloaf recipe I saw in one of the teaser pictures. 

To understand why I would be interested in a meatloaf recipe you have to dive into my childhood, a childhood plagued by tasteless meatloaf made with dried out flavorless pork. 

I grew up not knowing what pulled pork was, that is cruel. 

Don’t do that to your children. 

As one survivor of the bland, dried-out pork era to another please, please cook your pork the Beyond Bacon way. Brighten their childhood memories with this meatloaf recipe (and this book). 

A look inside the Beyond Bacon cookbook.
I can’t wait to make this recipe for, Caramel Praline Lard Fudge, next.

I made Insanely Awesome Meatloaf for my parents as proof that meatloaf can taste fantastic (and it makes an budget friendly weeknight meal). There were lots of questions I had to dodge like, “why are there veggies in the meatloaf?” 

For you see, the meatloaf I was tortured with growing up, only had onions in it and not even real onions, gasp…onion flakes… I know…so sad. 

That meatloaf was covered, more drenched, and drowning in cream of mushroom soup from the can. 

It was a disaster. 

I slowly introduced my parents to meatloaf which was insanely awesome. 

I encouraged them to take a bite, just a little bite, and see for themselves that there was hope for meatloaf. Then a miracle happened, a curve of their lip, a maneuver of their hand, and the curve turned into a smile and then another bite and another bite. 

Dinner time was saved.  My childhood memories haunted by bad, very bad food was erased and replaced by Insanely Awesome Paleo Meatloaf from Beyond Bacon.

Slices of paleo meatloaf on a platter.
Insanely Awesome Meatloaf

Paleo Meatloaf Recipe

Paleo Meatloaf Ingredients

  • lard
  • yellow onions
  • fresh mushrooms
  • celery
  • carrots
  • ground pork
  • pound ground pork liver or pork kidney (optional)
  • a few eggs
  • some almond flour
  • fresh oregano
  • fresh flat leaf Italian parsley
  • sweet Hungarian paprika
  • salt and black pepper
  • tomato sauce (for the top)

How to Make Paleo Meatloaf

  1. In a large skillet, melt the lard over medium-high heat.
  2. Saute the onions, mushrooms, celery, and carrots for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent. (Dicing the veggies small and keeping them a uniform size will help them cook quickly and evenly.) Remove the skillet from the heat.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meats eggs, almond flour, oregano, Italian parsley, Hungarian paprika, salt, black pepper, and cooked vegetables with your hands (your best kitchen utensil).
  4. Press the mixture into a 4 x 9-inch loaf pan. Smooth the top, and spread the tomato sauce over it with a spatula. If you do not want or like tomatoes, try topping with a few strips of bacon instead!
  5. Bake the meatloaf at 350 degrees F. for 60-70 minutes or until it is cooked through.

More Easy Weeknight Paleo Dinners

Yield: Serves 4-6

Insanely Awesome Paleo Meatloaf

Insanely Awesome Meatloaf

This Paleo meatloaf is so insanely delicious. It's made with ground pork, filled with mushrooms and onions and then toped with tomato sauce. It will make your kids beg for meatloaf.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp lard
  • ½ cup yellow onions, diced into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ cup mushrooms, diced into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ cup celery, diced into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ cup carrots, diced into ½ inch pieces
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • ½ pound ground pork liver or pork kidney (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup blanched almond flour
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup tomato sauce (for the top)

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, melt the lard over medium-high heat.
  2. Saute the onions, mushrooms, celery, and carrots for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent. (Dicing the veggies small and keeping them a uniform size will help them cook quickly and evenly.) Remove the skillet from the heat.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meats eggs, almond flour, oregano, Italian parsley, Hungarian paprika, salt, black pepper, and cooked vegetables with your hands (your best kitchen utensil).
  4. Press the mixture into a 4 x 9-inch loaf pan. Smooth the top, and spread the tomato sauce over it with a spatula. If you do not want or like tomatoes, try topping with a few strips of bacon instead!
  5. Bake the meatloaf at 350 degrees F. for 60-70 minutes or until it is cooked through.

Notes

Also makes great "meatloaf" burgers!

This recipe was reprinted with permission from Stacy Toth & Matthew McCarry, authors of, Beyond Bacon.

Recipe was reprinted with permission from Stacy Toth & Matthew McCarry from their book, Beyond Bacon.

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