Recipe: A-1 Gluten Free Meatloaf

Delicious Meatloaf!

Delicious Meatloaf!

I love meatloaf… meatloaf in all it’s varying shapes and sizes and forms.  Since I can’t have commercially prepared meatloaf anymore, I’m reduced to making my own.  This is one of our favorites, an A-1 Meatloaf.  It’s simple but effective. 🙂  There’s another one in the archives that’s a rice based meatloaf.  They’re both good. 🙂

Ingredients:
2 1/4 lb. ground beef
2 eggs
1 cup cornflake crumbs (made by the Soynut Butter Company, says GF right on them)
1/2 cup parmesean cheese
4 slices bacon, crispy and crumbled
1 tablespoon bacon grease
salt, to taste
8 oz. mushrooms
1 large onion, diced, 1 cup reserved
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 apples, diced
1 cup A-1 Steak Sauce
1 tablespoon honey

Meatloaf ingredients (sans meat, it's in the bowl behind)

Meatloaf ingredients (sans meat, it's in the bowl behind)

Directions:
1)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2)  In a medium-large skillet, heat bacon grease over medium heat until melted.  Add onions and garlic.  Salt and sweat until onions start to turn transparent.  Add mushrooms and apples.  Stir and sweat until liquid has come out and is mostly evaporated.

Onions and garlic are sweating while mushrooms and apples wait in the wings.

Onions and garlic are sweating while mushrooms and apples wait in the wings.

All the sweaty stuff sweating.

All the sweaty stuff sweating.

It should be this dry before removing from the heat.

It should be this dry before removing from the heat.

3)  In a large metal bowl, mix ground beef, eggs, cornflake crumbs, parmesean cheese, bacon, and veggie sweat.  Mix with hands until combined.

4)  Pack meat into a loaf pan and invert on top of a 13×9 baking dish or cookie sheet with high sides (to catch the grease).

Stuff your meat mixture into a loaf pan to get a loafy shape.

Stuff your meat mixture into a loaf pan to get a loafy shape.

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Invert onto a 13x9 baking dish. You'll get more crust this way, and crust is what it's all about!! 🙂

5)  Combine A-1 and honey.

6)  Bake meatloaf for about 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and brush A-1 mix onto meatloaf.  Stick reserved onions to the loaf as best you can.

Meatloaf after the first 20 minutes. Time to dress it up!

Meatloaf after the first 20 minutes. Time to dress it up!

Coat with A-1 mixture and stick on the onions!

Coat with A-1 mixture and stick on the onions! Think coconut cake...

7)  Insert a probe thermometer into the center of the meatloaf.  Set your thermometer alarm to 155 degrees.  Put it all in the oven (not the digital read-out part of the thermometer)

Insert probe into loaf halfway down, about halfway in. Set your alarm for 155 degrees.

Insert probe into loaf halfway down, about halfway in. Set your alarm for 155 degrees.

8)  Once alarm sounds, remove meatloaf from oven and allow to cool for about half an hour.  It will coast the rest of the way to done.  Cut and enjoy! 🙂

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