Food for Thought: Savory Sweet Potato Meatloaf

Although it has been too hot out for meatloaf -- winter is coming.  For the days you are looking for comfort foods, here is a great alternative to a classic... your momma's meatloaf.  Recipe is courtesty of Paleo OMG... Enjoy!

Definitely one of the less photogenic foods... but when it's made right, we forgive it for its flaws...

Definitely one of the less photogenic foods... but when it's made right, we forgive it for its flaws...

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 sweet potato, shredded
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1lb uncured bacon
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Time to get your meatloaf ‘insides’ ingredients going. So take ½ of the 1lb of bacon and chop it up into bite size pieces. Add to a deep saute pan and begin to cook down. Once the fat has began to rise, add your chopped onions and raisins to the pan to cook with the bacon.
  3. While those ingredients cook together, shred your sweet potato either in your food processor with the shredding attachment or with a shredder.
  4. Once the bacon is cooked through, the onions are slightly translucent, and the raisins have begun to bloat (you’ll see what I mean) add them to a large bowl along with all other ingredients: beef, sweet potatoes, almond meal, eggs, and all seasonings.
  5. Now use your hands to get dirty. Mix all ingredients thoroughly together and press meat into 2-3 bread loaf pans. I get the disposable ones because then there is no clean up. I’m dirty enough as it is.
  6. Top off the meatloaf with the extra slices of bacon.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes.