I know. Another meatloaf recipe. Really. Just call this Paleo Meatloaf Recipe #1001. But, hey, we all need one, right? Right.
Actually, my meatloaf tweak came from two simple facts: (i) I didn't have any tomato paste (and my go-to meatloaf recipe used to be this one by the genius over at Everyday Paleo); and (ii) I had it in my mind that I wanted to use pork rinds instead of almond flour (not really sure why...but I like pork rinds better than almond flour now that I've tried both).
Now, I'm not one who generally understands why certain ingredients are added to a recipe. Eggs - they are binder; that makes sense. I wasn't quite certain about the tomato paste. I was guessing it both added thickness to the mixture and a slightly sweet taste (because in non-Paleo recipes you often see ketchup as an ingredient). I decided that I would first caramelize some onions (sweetness) and then blend with spices to form a paste (thickener).
Surprisingly, this came out good. Even non-Paleo mom really liked it. Hope you do as well. Enjoy.
- Fat (ghee, coconut oil, etc.)
- 1 large yellow onion
- 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2-1 tsp cayenne powder
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- 2 lb ground beef (or any combo of ground meat you like)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup crushed pork rinds (or, you can sub almond flour)
- Preheat your oven to 350 F.
- Heat a pan over medium heat. Meanwhile, peel and then chop your onion (you don't really need a fine dice unless you have great knife skills -- you are ultimately going to puree this in the blender or food processor).
- Add your fat to the pan (I used ghee). You don't need a lot - just enough to keep things from sticking (and maybe add a little flavor:)). Add onions.
- Cook onions until they are caramelized. Be patient - this takes awhile. Your onions are going to be brown, really brown.
- Break out your food processor or blender. Add onions, garlic, and spices. Blend until you have a nice thick paste. You don't need to add water or other liquid -- you want this to be fairly thick.
- In a good-sized bowl, combine meat, eggs, pork rinds, and onion paste. Use your hands (really - this is the best way to get everything combined!) and mix everything really good.
- Put in a pan and pop in the oven. I used a square glass baking dish instead of a loaf pan to reduce the cooking time. Cook about 30 minutes (longer if you use a loaf pan).
- Serve and enjoy. The leftovers (if you have any!) are great as well.