Flavorful Bacon Wrapped Chorizo Meatloaf

Those of you who follow me regularly know that it has been just a few weeks since my first chorizo experience.  In summary?  Lifechanging.  Because I have now vowed to eat chorizo all the time.  It has a beautiful flavor, it can be used so many ways…and I looked it up…no sugar added!!  Wooohoooo!!  Can’t get much better than that!

 

So here is chorizo cooking, round two!!  This was awesome.  You may remember my fear of meatloaf, because of growing up watching shows where the wife thinks her husband loves it…but he secretly pays the kids to eat it and they all shovel it into the dogs mouth when mom isn’t looking.  I don’t know why that is so etched into my mind, but alas.  I have meatloaf phobia.  But this…oh this meatloaf!  Talk about flavor, and my husband really did love it!!  I would know because I don’t have any kids for him to pay, and there was no meatloaf remains on my dog’s fur or breath.  😉  So I will confidently declare this recipe Mr. Rodgers approved!  Though it is wrapped in bacon, so that’s kind of a no brainer.   Speaking of bacon, I ate bacon for lunch.  That’s healthy, right?  :/

Anyways, back to meatloaf!

 

This recipe is inspired by the great paleomg.com!  I had originally intended on making it almost exact to the recipe…but some of the ingredients I had bought for this recipe I some how had a brain fart and used up in other meals.  So when I got to this meatloaf I realized I didn’t have a bunch of things, so I got to be spontaneous…dig through my fridge and use whatever veggies and things I could find!  Which is fun.  Feel free to adapt it to what you have available too!  So….

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 8 oz Chorizo (that is about the size of one large “link” in the set of two I get at my store)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 C Flax Meal
  • 2 Carrots, Chopped
  • 1/4 Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Celery Heart, Chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 4 Slices Bacon, Cut in half
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Optional: Chipotle Mayo to Garnish (I would have done this if I had time to make an approved mayo that Mr. Rodgers can eat, but I was in a hurry!)

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350*
  2. Take all of your meatloaf ingredients (except the bacon and the mayo if you are using it!) and combine in a bowl.
  3. Dump this mixture into a loaf pan and form evenly.
  4. Lay the halved bacon across the entire top of the meatloaf, tucking it in as well as possible.
  5. Cook for about an hour and 15 minutes, then broil JUST long enough to get some crispiness to your bacon.  Broilers burn things FAST so watch it the whole time!

And bam!  You are ready to go with a meatloaf that husbands around the world will adore!! 😀

Let’s see some pictures!

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Get your beef and chorizo!

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Add the rest of your meatloaf ingredients (minus the bacon!).  Combine well!

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Form it into a loaf pan.  Look at how it is marbled with the different meat colors, I love it!

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Lay the halved bacon over the whole top surface of the meatloaf, tucking the edges in as well as you can.

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Cook for an hour and 15 minutes or so, then broil just a few minutes to get crisp bacon!

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Ahhhhhhh isn’t that just the best?!  I could go for some of that right now!!

 

Okay, so here are a few photos from the lovely Mr. Rodgers.  He was SO excited about this meatloaf that as I grabbed dishes and things to set the table, I turned around to him snapping pictures on his phone saying things like “Look at this steam!  You have to capture this before it goes away!!  LOOK at this!”  🙂  His enthusiasm made me so happy I just had to share some of his steam pictures…please forgive the slight clutter in the back ground!

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Do you see the steam?!  🙂  Isn’t he just the cutest?!  And of course he WOULD take a picture with a guitar in the background.  😉

 

So there you go.  Yummy, healthy, paleo, Mr. Rodgers approved meatloaf with butt kickin flavor!  😀 😀 😀 😀

 

Husband Approved Meatloaf!!

So I have a confession. It’s kind of a silly confession. I have been married 3 years, and have been cooking a ton since the beginning. This whole time, I have been TERRIFIED to make a meatloaf. I never have, up until this past month. Why? I’ll tell you why.

Naturally, I am a writer. So I have that slightly dramatic, sometimes forgetting what is real life and what is story sort of mind. Growing up, I read lots of books, and now that I am married to Mr. Rodgers, I watch quite a few movies. And you know what one constant thread seems to be in lots of those stories?! A couple has been married for years, they get into a horrible fight and in a fit of anger the husband yells, “I never liked your meatloaf!” And then the wife breaks down crying because she thought it was his favorite. Or the father pays the kids to eat the meatloaf. Or everyone slips it under the table to the dog. So many versions all communicating one thing to my food-passionate brain: Your husband will secretly hate meatloaf, even if you think it’s good. Meatloaf is gross. Don’t even try.

And so I didn’t. But since we switched to a more paleo-based diet, Mr. Rodgers has been in need of very protein heavy meals. Meatloaf just seemed like an easy option. Then, I downloaded Abel James’ recipe app. Lo and behold, there were meatloaf recipes!! So I decided to be brave and try one because, after all, if the husband hated it, I could always blame it on Abel James. (Sorry to throw you under the bus dude!!) HOWEVER, there was no need to cast blame, because my husband LOVED IT! (As you probably guessed from the title of this post ;)) And he wasn’t just saying that either, he asked for seconds 😉 So…for any of you nervous wives out there, here it is. A husband approved meatloaf!! Adapted ever so slightly from Abel James:

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb Ground Beef, Preferably Grass Fed
  • 1 lb Turkey Bacon (Or pork if you are into pork!  We try to steer clear of it except for on special occasions)
  • 1o oz Jar Sun Dried Tomatoes, minced (Original called for Fire-Roasted but I got sun dried by mistake…but the twangy flavor they added was what Mr. Rodgers loved the best!)
  • 1 Red Onion, Minced
  • 1 Bell Pepper, Minced
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 C Almond Flour
  • 1/2 C Flax Meal
  • 2 Tbsp Oregano (Or if you have some leftover homemade Italian seasoning like we use in the sausage…that’s good too!)
  • Sea salt and pepper

 

And here’s how you do it, easy  peasy

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Prep veggies.  Mince bacon as small as possible, unless you have a meat grinder.
  3. Combine everything in a large bowl.  Grease a loaf pan with a small amount of grass fed butter, then form your meat mixture into a loaf in the pan.
  4. Bake for an hour or so, until top is browned and middle is cooked.  Preferrably, use a meat thermometer to make sure the temp gets to 165*.
  5. Let cool for a few minutes before cutting into it.  We were starving and cut into it right away so it fell apart a little.  But when you are that hungry, you just don’t care haha!!

 

Peectures!

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Preheat oven to 400*!  Mince everything up small…

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And put it all together in a large bowl!

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And use your hands to mix it all up until combined well, hahaha!!  I had a helper!  Doesn’t he  look excited?! 😀

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Look at all those delicious ingredients all mixed up and ready to be yummy!

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Form into a loaf in a lightly greased loaf pan.  (Why yes, yes we were watching Parks and Rec while we made this meatloaf.  Don’t be jealous.)

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And cook for about an hour until the top is browned and the middle is done, to at least 165*  🙂

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Here it is beside the best brussels sprouts ever!!

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Hallelujah, holy yum, there is hope for meatloaf after all!!  😀  What is your favorite meatloaf recipe?!