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The Best Meatloaf

  • Author: Charlotte Smythe
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1hr 25 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x


A little twist on the classic meatloaf. Perfect comfort food for any night. Made with ground beef and pork and finished with ketchup and bacon bits.



2 slices no sugar added bacon

2 leeks

2 scallions, finely chopped with whites and greens separated 

1 shallot, diced

2 cloves garlic, finely minced 

1 1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper

1 tbsp. tomato paste

1/2 cup beef broth

1 tbsp. coconut aminos

1 lb. grass-fed ground beef

1/2 lb. ground pork

1/3 cup almond flour

2 eggs

1/2 cup organic unsweetened ketchup (I like Primal Kitchen Foods ketchup)


To begin, preheat oven to 325˚F.

Cut the bacon into pieces and transfer to a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the bacon until it is crisp. Remove the pan from the heat, and transfer the bacon pieces from the pan to a plate lined with paper towels. Set the bacon aside for later. Do not discard the bacon fat. We will use that to cook the vegetables. 

Now, clean the leek by slicing off the dark green part (trimming to the part where the color is paler). Then, cut off the end and slice it lengthwise. Run the leeks under cold water, separating the layers slightly to make sure you remove all the dirt. You can also chop the leeks first, then wash them in a bowl with cold water.

Chop the leeks and add them to the same skillet you cooked the bacon in, along with the whites of the scallions, shallot, garlic cloves, salt, and pepper. Sauté the vegetables over medium heat until the leeks are tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook for about 2 minutes. Then, stir in beef broth and coconut aminos. Remove the vegetable mixture from the heat and allow it to cool to touch.

Now, add the vegetables to a large mixing bowl with the ground beef, pork, almond flour, and eggs. Use a fork to combine all the ingredients (making sure you do not overmix). Transfer the beef mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Mold the mixture into a loaf and spread the ketchup on top. Transfer the meatloaf to the oven and bake for 1 hr and 10 minutes ( Place a baking sheet filled with water on the bottom rack of the oven to prevent cracking). Then turn the oven to broil and continue to bake for 3-5 mins to add some color to the meatloaf.

Remove the meatloaf from the oven, remove any excess fat and top off the meatloaf with the bacon pieces and greens of the scallions. Let the meatloaf rest for about 5 minutes before cutting into it. Serve with mashed potatoes or roasted vegetables.

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