Tonight, meatloaf was on the menu. I was all set to bust out the baking sheets and make the loaves up when James came up with a great idea -- how about we form the mixture into patties and grill like a hamburger? Sounded good to me, especially since we were running a little low on time.
This recipe was first given to me from my mom a long time ago, and I've tweaked it here and there as the years have gone by. For me, the biggest star is the sauce; I will never eat meatloaf without it. For those of you following a Paleo diet, this recipe fits the bill.
Makes 2 loaves or 10-12 patties
*This can be made as a loaf in the oven or into patties on the grill (as pictured)
2 large carrots, peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 stalks celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 small onion quartered
2 eggs, beaten+
1/2 cup milk (soy, almond, rice, cow, etc)
1 tsp sage
1 cup blanched almond flour
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp prepared mustard
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1. Put carrots, celery, and onion in a food processor and pulse until finely minced. Scrape into large bowl. Add egg, milk, sage and almond flour. Stir to combine. Add beef and pork, being sure to fully incorporate mixture (this is done most quickly using your hand).
2. For the sauce, combine ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, nutmeg and vinegar in a small bowl.
3. For the oven method: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Fit grate or rack onto baking sheet (line baking sheet with foil). Form meat into two loaves. Bake for 50-60 minutes until center of loaves register 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer (baste loaves with sauce after 30 minutes).
For grilling patties: Preheat grill to medium heat. Place patties on grill, carefully flipping half way through cooking. Baste with sauce and allow to caramelize onto meat. Cook until center of patties register 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.
^A fully cooked loaf can be wrapped in foil and plastic for freezing, then thawed, sliced, placed on the grill to reheat and basted with sauce.