This meatloaf right here…is pure LIFE!!! It is seriously so incredibly delicious, so perfect and so divine that I couldn’t stop eating it. It made my heart sing. Now let’s get one thing straight – this is not a low calorie meatloaf. If you are looking for that, well, you ain’t getting it here. I have all sorts of other recipes to choose from if you’re looking to go that route, but this one isn’t that. This is pure, unadulterated food pleasure. If we’re talking about food porn in the dictionary, this recipe is the photo right next to the definition. Do you think I may be a little too into this meatloaf? Sure. But that’s exactly why I always thought I was so weird compared to everyone else. Because my food obsession runs deep.
Something you should know about this meatloaf…you can totally make it your own. Take a second to think about what you like on a big ole’ juicy burger. And then put those toppings on top of this meatloaf. It’s that easy. Make your own spin on it and tell me how you make yours! And don’t forget to tag me in your photos on instagram! I usually just get random people tagging me in random sh*t that has absolutely nothing to do with me, so when I get tagged in a photo that is actually a recipe of mine, it puts a real smile on my face. Help me smile, people!!
You guys. Big news. After a year and a half on our couch, we finally said we couldn’t do it anymore. It’s just not comfortable for 2 people and a 40 pound dog trying to lay on it every day. So we took the plunge and bought a couch at Room & Board after our friends said they LOVED their couch from there. This new couch will be an L-shaped couch and has an extra 15 or so inches on the old one. More space and more leg room. I also need to get a new rug. I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought an off-white rug that is directly in front of the front door. You know how you talk yourself into believing that you can keep something clean…that people will always take their shoes off (I don’t even take MY shoes off)…that you will just wash it every couple months. Yeah, I straight up lied to myself. I definitely talked myself into believing all that jazz. And none of it has actually ever happened. So now we just have a dirty ass rug from dirty ass people and a dirty ass dog.
So anywho. Now we need to sell our old couch. Out with the old, in with the new! So if you know anyone in Denver who may be interested in buying this couch (in the smoke color), just send me a lovely email because we are looking to get rid of this couch by early next week! My husband says he wants us to order a GF pizza and have a movie night when we first get our couch. That’s how excited we are about it!
In the meantime, stop what you’re doing and go make this lovely meatloaf. It’s seriously the best.
- 1 pound bacon
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/4 red onion, minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 cup button mushrooms, diced
- 1/2 cup dill relish
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 egg
For the caramelized onions
- 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
- salt, to taste
For the garnishes
- 1/2 - 1 cup The Honest Stand Smoked Cheese Sauce*
- 2-3 jalapeños, thinly sliced
- cilantro, roughly chopped
- Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Line a baking baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. Place all bacon on the wire rack and into oven to bake for 12-15 minutes, until crispy. Place bacon on paper towels and then add 3 tablespoons of the rendered bacon fat into a large sauté pan - this will be used to caramelize the onions later on. Dice bacon into small pieces.
- In a large bowl, mix together ½ the diced bacon, beef, pork, red bell pepper, red onion, garlic, almond flour, mushrooms, dill relish, both mustards, salt and garlic powder and 1 egg. Use your clean hands to mix all of the ingredients until completely combine. Press mixture into a parchment paper lined 9x5 loaf pan (lining it with parchment paper helps with easy removal later on). Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, until the meat is completely cooked through in the middle to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
- When the meatloaf goes in the oven, add the thinly sliced onions to the pan with the rendered bacon fat and turn heat up to medium-low. Toss onions in the bacon fat and let cook down for 30+ minutes. The slower they cook, the more they will caramelize and not burn. Toss onions every few minutes to help cook evenly throughout. Cook until sweet and brown. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and toss. Keep on low heat until meatloaf is done cooking.
- Once meatloaf is cooked through, let cool for a few minutes then dispose of the excess liquid left behind in the pan and remove meatloaf from pan.
- Pour smoked cheese on top of meatloaf, then top with caramelized onions, bacon, jalapeños and cilantro then slice up before serving!
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