This Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf Recipe is a gluten free meatloaf recipe from The Grain-Free Family Table cookbook, made with beef liver.

oval shaped bacon wrapped beef meat loaf

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? Yes to a good Gluten Free Meatloaf Recipe!

Gluten Free Meatloaf Recipe

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 serve the  family for any weeknight meal!

Ingredients for bacon wrapped meatloaf

  • Butter
  • Carrot, celery, red pepper
  • Sea salt
  • Dried thyme
  • Eggs
  • Beef liver (optional … keep reading)
  • Ground beef
  • Almond flour
  • Bacon
  • Maple syrup

bacon wrapped meat loaf with thyme

The Grain-Free Family Table

In Carrie’s The Grain-Free Family Table cookbook, she provides delicious, family-friendly recipes for a workable unprocessed, grain-free lifestyle. Try some of the recipes like Zingers, Ham and Egg Cups, Eggplant and Zucchini Lasagna, Pork Carnitas Breakfast Crepe Tacos. Or 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!

bacon wrapped meatloaf

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!

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.

serving off Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf

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

How to make bacon-wrapped meat loaf 

  1. Heat the butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the carrot, celery, and bell pepper and sauté, until soft. Move the vegetables to the side of the pan and add the salt and thyme in the center. Stir until fragrant, then stir the seasonings into the vegetables. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool.
  2. 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.
  3. Arrange the bacon in a crisscross pattern on top and use a pastry brush to brush the top with maple syrup. Pour water in the bottom of the pan. (This keeps the meat loaf moist.) Bake until golden brown. Let the meat loaf rest a bit before serving.

Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf Recipe

Tips and substitutions:

You can replace the ground beef with ground turkey or chicken.

Make this recipe paleo or dairy -free: Use 3 Tbsp. coconut oil in place of the butter.

Best to serve HOT, right out of the oven! Delicious served with a fresh salad and a side of veggies.

Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf Recipe

So delicious, I hope you enjoy this weeknight recipe to make tonight!

Enjoy!

More meat loaf recipes to try:

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Meat Loaf (if you love ground turkey)

4 Ingredient Turkey Sweet Potato Meatballs (similar to meat loaf but in small balls)

Turkey Meatball Margherita-Style Fondue

Honey Barbecue Sausage Meatloaf

Hungarian Meatloaf

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Gluten Free Meatloaf Recipe

From The Grain-Free Family Table Cookbook. I also made this recipe without the liver with white flour. Delicious either way!
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs
Yield: 8

Ingredients
 

  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, (1/2 stick)
  • 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
  • ¼ pound 4 ounces beef liver
  • 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 6 bacon slices
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and adjust the rack to the middle position.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • PALEO/DAIRY-FREE ADAPTION: Use 3 Tbsp. coconut oil in place of the butter.

Notes

Reposed from FEB 2015
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
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bacon wrapped meat loaf