Meatloaf. It’s one of those polarizing meals, it seems. Most people either hate it or love it. Personally, I think that has a lot to do with what meatloaf you grew up eating – some people had some unappetizing versions that haunt them forever. (Or maybe it was those bad memories of the song “I Would Do Anything For Love” that’s so haunting?) In my mind, though, there is only the ultimate comfort food version of meatloaf, packed full of flavor, warming, and the perfect neighbor to a big pile of mashed potatoes on your plate.
My Mom wasn’t a great cook, but she had a few dishes she made that were definitely family favorites. Her meatloaf evokes fond memories for me. While my version is likely quite a bit different than hers, one thing remains a constant – the ketchup topping. I’ve opted instead to use a corn syrup free version – and sometimes might even make my own – but it’s still ketchup. Sure, there are more refined ways to top a meatloaf. But in my opinion, meatloaf isn’t about refinement. It’s about comfort. And by the way my family manages to devour the entire pan, I’d say comfort wins.
Homestyle Meatloaf (grain-free, dairy-free)
1 small onion
1 celery stalk
3 cloves garlic
1 carrot, peeled
1 T olive oil
1/2 lb spicy ground pork sausage
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork (or another pound of ground beef)
1 egg plus 1 T chia meal
¾ c almond flour (can substitute gluten-free breadcrumbs or oats)
1 t kosher salt
1 ½ t freshly ground black pepper
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked and chopped (1 t)
2-3 leaves fresh sage, leaves chopped (1 t)
1/3 c minced fresh parsley leaves
2 tsp plus 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut onion, celery rib, garlic, and carrot into large pieces. Place in a food processor and blitz until the vegetables resemble a coarse paste.
In large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add vegetable mixture and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
In a large bowl, combine the sausage, ground beef, ground pork, eggs and chia seed meal, almond flour, vegetable mixture, salt, pepper, herbs, and 2 teaspoons Worcestershire. Form into a loaf and put into loaf pan. Mix remaining ketchup with dash of Worcestershire sauce, and cover loaf with sauce.
Bake loaf for one hour.