Mealoaf logs in bacon

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in Dinner Tonight | 2 comments

Mealoaf logs in bacon

The other day I bought ground beef and wanted to make something different. I ended up with a meatloaf type dish, but it was not the typical loaf. This tasted fresh and light (as far as meatloaf goes), had no grains, and looked lovely on a plate. I also had bacon on hand which was perfect for this recipe.The bacon holds everything together and adds a nice salty, and in this case spicy flavor.

I got my inspiration for this from the site which has tons of great ideas!

I used:

  • 1.5 pounds ground beef (you could use any ground meat)
  • bacon – 8 thick strips of smokey chipolte bacon from John’s Deli (could use prosciutto)
  • big hand full of fresh spinach (~1.5 cups)
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 tbs pure pumpkin (I was hoping for tomato paste but didn’t have any. The pumpkin worked great)
  • fresh basil
  • 2 tsp oregano

Add the spinach, onion and garlic to your food processor until its finely ground. Add in the egg, tomato, pumpkin, and spices and whiz some more until everything is combined. Pour it into a bowl with your ground beef and mix it together with your hands. Mine was a bit wet but it all worked out.

Form the meat mixture into logs and wrap each one with a strip of bacon. Place on a cookie sheet at bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. I had leftover mix which I put in muffin tins for an easy snack-on-the-go =)

I  paired this with roasted potatoes and broccoli for an entirely satisfying meal. These little logs look so good you could definitely serve them to guests and they wouldn’t even have to know they are adhering to your TT challenge =)


  1. 9-23-2012

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. It was delicious… Even Allison thought so!

    • 9-26-2012

      So glad you liked it! I hope Allison is doing great =)

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