Not Your Momma’s Meatloaf

Not Your Momma’s Meatloaf


Love it or leave it, undoubtedly your mom had some version of meatloaf that would occasionally grace your table growing up.

I’ve had many guests through the years raise an eyebrow when I offer them a dinner of this traditionally dry, often unpleasing hunk of meat…these same guests seem surprisingly pleased when they take their first bite into a flavorful, moist and juicy slice that has the tendency to turn their memories of meatloaf upside down.

In my pre gluten-free lifestyle, my secret ingredient included pre-seasoned croutons. More recently, I discovered almond flour to be a great replacement for the traditional bread crumb; although after my most recent Whole30 , following the auto-immune protocol where I also eliminated eggs, nuts and nightshades, I discovered (much to my surprise) that I am slightly sensitive to nuts.


  • 3 lbs ground beef (or 2 lbs beef, 1 lb ground organ meat)
  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 8 oz mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • 2 Tbs dried sage
  • 2 Tbs caraway seeds
  • 1 Tbs plus ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs fennel seeds
  • 1 Tbs marjoram
  • ½ Tbs allspice
  • 2 tsp smoked sea salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 12 oz sugar-free uncured bacon

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