The Grain-Free Family Table GIVEAWAY and Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf Recipe

This Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf Recipe is from The Grain-Free Family Table cookbook, and is delicious to serve for a fabulous family dinner. I love the presentation for Valentine’s Day, too! Plus, we’re giving away 3 copies of this beautiful cookbook!

Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf Recipe

Do you have that one recipe that everyone in the family asks for over and over? It always turns out perfect, and is loved by all? My family has always loved a good meat loaf, and today I’m sharing a brand new recipe, Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf, from my friend Carrie Vitt’s new book, The Grain-Free Family Table. I think it’s a pretty dish to also serve for a Valentine’s Day family meal!

When my boys come home from college, I love it when they say, “Mom, this is the best meal – ever!” And you know, nothing in a restaurant can compare to a home cooked meal!

So everyone in the family loved this recipe I’m sharing today!

Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf Recipe

The Grain-Free Family Table.

In Carrie’s beautiful full-color cookbook, she provides delicious, family-friendly recipes for a workable unprocessed, grain-free lifestyle. Our family isn’t even grain-free, and I can’t wait to try more of her delcious recipes, like Zingers, Ham and Egg Cups, Eggplant and Zucchini Lasagna, Pork Carnitas Breakfast Crepe Tacos and Grain-Free Biscuits, Avocado with Mango-Shrimp Salsa, Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Alfredo with Chicken and Vegetables, and Cauliflower “Fried Rice” and the Slow Cooker Sunday Roast!

When Carrie Vitt was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, she was able to reverse it after being put on an elimination diet that cut out gluten and grains. Failing to find recipes that followed her strict diet guidelines but didn’t sacrifice flavor and variety, she began experimenting at home, creating grain-free meals and snacks that not only satisfied her own palate but pleased friends and family as well—including her two young daughters.

Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf Recipe

By the way, I met Carrie years ago in Atlanta, at a conference and we’ve been friends since. She blogs at Delicously Organic, if you’re not familiar with her blog.

Pantry and budgets.

Carrie shows how she keeps her pantry stocked, which ingredients and kitchen tools she uses, plus tips on how to adapt and transform recipes from magazines and books—and make them grain-free!

Main dish recipes make up the bulk of most family food budgets, and she also explains how to create these healthy recipes, but not break the bank!

Cutting costs.

Here’s some of her tips on cutting costs (which she goes into detail on in the book).

-Buy food, not packaging.
-Buy in season.
-Order pantry staples online.
-Grow your own herbs.
-Buy your meat straight from the farm.
-Buy in bulk.
-Plan your meals.

Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf Recipe.

The recipe today has liver! Yes, liver!

For most people, liver is at the bottom of the list of desired foods, but it’s actually the most nutrient-dense of all foods with vitamins A and B and iron, so it’s a great addition to the diet.

Like Carrie, I made this meat loaf with liver, and everyone loved and complimented this dish! (But guess what, you can also leave the liver out if you want!)

Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf Recipe

Started with the large loaf in a 9×13 pan.

Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf Recipe

Added the criss-cross bacon.

Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf Recipe

Then the maple syrup. (Yay, for Wagner’s Pure Maple Syrup from Wisconsin that my friend, Barb, sent me!)

We all agreed it was a great way to add in the extra nutrients.

Giveaway!

Carrie is generously giving away 3 copies of her beautiful book today! Contest ends 2/17/15 at midnight. Winners will be emailed. Share on your social media and come back and tell us for extra entries!

Thank you, Carrie! This recipe is sooooo good!

Comment to win!

What’s your secret ingredient for making a delicious, moist meat loaf?

Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf Recipe

Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf

From The Grain-Free Family Table Cookbook. I also made this recipe without the liver with white flour. Delicious either way!

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp. dried thyme
  • 2 large eggs, gently beaten
  • 1/4 pound (4 ounces) beef liver
  • 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 6 bacon slices
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and adjust the rack to the middle position.
  2. Heat the butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the carrot, celery, and bell pepper and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until soft. Move the vegetables to the side of the pan and add the salt and thyme in the center.  Stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds, then stir the seasonings into the vegetables. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool for about 10 minutes.
  3. Place the eggs and liver in the bowl of a food processor blender and blend until smooth. Place the ground beef, almond flour, and liver mixture in a large bowl. Add the cooled vegetables and stir until combined. Pour the mixture into a 9×11 baking dish and form into a large loaf.
  4. Arrange the bacon in a crisscross pattern on top and use a pastry brush to brush the top with maple syrup. Pour 3/4 cup water in the bottom of the pan. (This keeps the meat loaf moist.) Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until golden brown. Let the meat loaf rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  5. PALEO/DAIRY-FREE ADAPTION: Use 3 Tbsp. coconut oil in place of the butter.

Recipe used by permission from Carrie Vitt, author of From The Grain-Free Family Table Cookbook.

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40 comments on “The Grain-Free Family Table GIVEAWAY and Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf Recipe”

  1. Wow, that’s the most beautiful meatloaf I’ve ever seen! We use our own grass-fed beef and pasture eggs in ours. Not so secret, but delicious!

  2. oh yum! Lookin’ good. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a meatloaf. One of my favorite things to put on meatloaf is my homemade BBQ sauce. Poured on top towards the end of cooking time…YUMMY!!!

    Isn’t it fun expanding our cooking tastes to include other eating styles, even if they are not a necessity in our own home. I love the challenge of making something vegan, or grain free or Paleo. I’ve found some great recipes by expanding my repertoire.

  3. This looks to die for! You have so much flavor in this!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing my book and recipe with your readers! Your photos are beautiful! I especially love the pic of the meatloaf before the bacon has been placed on top – so pretty! :)

  5. Wow, my guys would flip out for this meatloaf! I’m making this for them soon! Gorgeous photos Sandy!

  6. my mom adds applesauce on top sometimes and it keeps the meatloaf very moist! My kids love it! I need to try this version too!!

  7. Beautiful pictures! I do not have an secret for moist meatloaf. I grew up covering it with ketchup. I love liver but have never tried it in a meatloaf. It really looks delicious.

  8. I add Heinz 57 to my meatloaf ingredients and it gives it a kick and moistens it as well. This meatloaf looks amazing and my family would love the addition of bacon!

  9. Fresh bread crumbs and a splash of milk

  10. This is now my new favorite meatloaf recipe.

  11. Yum. Found on pinterest and look forward to trying this!

  12. I have never tried meatloaf, but this looks delicious! I pinned it and will try it soon :)

  13. i don’t make meatloaf enough to have a secret recipe but when there is bacon, who needs a secret recipe?!

  14. I make my meatloaf in muffin tins. The smaller size keeps them from drying out.

  15. I have made this meatloaf 2 different times. It is a very good recipe!

  16. Looks yummy! Anything with bacon has to be amazing!!

  17. I’ve never added some of these ingredients to a meatloaf but I am certainly wanting to try it. I imagine the flavor is fabulous and top with bacon and maple syrup??? Can’t go wrong at all.

  18. That bacon seals the deal on your meatloaf! Yummo!! I make a tomato sauce based meatloaf with egg and breadcrumbs. It’s very traditional but oh so good!

  19. Can’t wait to try this recipe! I love meatloaf but can’t eat wheat… and oats just don’t taste good in meatloaf. And bacon… well, can’t go wrong there! What a great idea.

  20. This looks delicious. Don’t make meatloaf much, not sure why since we love it:)

  21. Coconut flour and plenty of herbs are the best additions for a moist loaf. Love the idea of wrapping in bacon!

  22. This morning I went shopping for this meatloaf recipe; I got in and out the store because I just couldn’t wait to see it in the oven! Right now I keep peaking through the oven’s window in anticipation… I just called my husband to make sure he’s coming straight home. I hope that the uncured bacon I picked in the store is going to be equally tasty as the regular one, since the entire kitchen is enveloped in bacon’s aroma. I don’t remember being so happy to try a new recipe in a long time, thank you :)

  23. This looks so fabulous, question, Do you fry the bacon before you put it on the meatloaf or leave it raw? I want to do this tonight, it looks so yummy

  24. Can’t wait to try this! We use BBQ sauce and honey.

  25. I do not have a secret ingredient – we never grew up eating meatloaf. Or macaroni and cheese! We didn’t follow the norm I guess. :) I can’t wait to check out this book!

  26. I never make meatloaf because I’ve never cared for it. This however looks delicious! Can’t wait to try i. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  27. I add ketchup and eggs for the moisture! Thanks for the chance to win this book!! :)

  28. My secret ingredient is a cup of mashed butternut squash or sweet potato. You can’t tell its in there, but it’s so delicious!

  29. Mine is ketchup. And I am so making this yummy meatloaf recipe!

  30. ketchup & egg

  31. Nice! My mom makes a chili meatloaf with tomato sauce, chili beans and spices~

  32. Looks delicious! I shared on Google plus and twitter.

  33. I make my meatloaf with 2 lbs 80/20 beef, 1 lb of spicy sausage, and 1 lb turkey meat. Worcester sauce. I add eggs, green peppers, onions and panko bread crumbs. I found if you mix the ingredients and when you make your load don’t make it so compact. Makes a more moist meatloaf.

  34. Carrie, I think I might try this with chicken liver! Without the maple syrup it will be very low-carb, and the other ingredients look delicious!

  35. I am trying this meatloaf………yum

  36. This looks delicious! Love the bacon, of course, but also very fascinated by the addition of liver. I’d definitely love this meatloaf, and thanks so much for sharing it!

  37. I use saltine crackers instead of breadcrumbs.

  38. Can you tell me if this recipe is Gluten-free?  I’m thinking that it is but just want to make sure!  Can’t wait to try it!!

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