This past weekend I taught a Low Carb Cooking Class and a sweet lady named Susan emailed me ahead of time and promised a sampling of the best meatloaf I’ve ever had in my life – as well as the recipe. Now, when you consider how long I’ve been eating good food, that is a lofty promise. So I need you to really pay attention to the my next sentence…. She was right. This is the absolute, be all, end all, best meatloaf I have ever tasted in my entire life. I have since made it twice and forced everyone I come into contact with to try it and they have admitted the same thing.
Folks, your life has been missing something and it is this meatloaf. The flavor, tenderness, juiciness, and beauty of it are the stuff of legends. Susan, folks are going to build a statue in your honor one of these days.
Now let’s stop lallygagging and hightail it into the kitchen folks, because there is no time to waste when you have something as delicious as this meatloaf waiting on ya.
You’ll need: Ground Turkey or Chicken*, Ground Beef, Eggs, Pork Rinds (plain)*, Onion Soup Mix, Reduced Sugar Ketchup, and Water.
*Ground WHAT? I was surprised by the turkey/chicken in this recipe. Really surprised. This beefy tasting meatloaf doesn’t give away that half of the meat is poultry but it sure does add a tender texture to it. Note that the original recipe called for chicken but I didn’t see ground chicken at my grocery so I used ground turkey and it tasted the same to me. Also note that I have always disliked biting into something I expected to be beef and finding it is chicken – but this meatloaf recipe forever altered my thinking on that!
This lineup of ingredients looks innocent enough but when combined together they create a kitchen miracle and turn out this mouthwatering meatloaf that I cannot stop thinking about! I have made my mother promise me she will make it this week.
You can use regular ketchup in this if you want but reduced sugar is really going to save you on carbs. I LOVE ketchup so I gladly use the reduced sugar version – so I can have double the amount I might have had otherwise ;). I buy Heinz Reduced Sugar ketchup at Wal Mart.
*We no longer eat pork but I’ve parmesan cheese to be a great substitute that adds flavor and acts as a binder.
Crush your pork rinds. I just put them in this bag and rolled a can of something or another over them. A rolling pin works, too. As would car tires – but I only get that extreme around the holidays*.
*We have a family tradition of running over large candy canes with our cars to use as toppings on cookies and candies. Don’t worry, we double bag them first and only use licensed drivers ;).
Mix all meatloaf ingredients together using your hands in a large bowl. Mix, mix, mix until it is really well blended. I guess you could use a stand mixer to mix this if you like but I’ve always seen it mixed with hands so I just keep with old habits. If it ain’t broke…
Susan’s recipe calls for taking the end pieces of a loaf of bread and placing them up against each other in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. I love that this uses up the part of bread that sometimes gets discarded in houses. I decided to use my little baking dish that I use for rolls. It worked out okay but I recommend going with Susan’s suggestion and using a 9×13 because my pan worked out but a 9×13 is going to give you plenty of room for any grease or liquid to accumulate. Mine almost overflowed the pan a bit because I used a shallow dish.
Turns out, there is something to be said for following a recipe… (I’m not saying a word).
Using your hands (still), form the meat mixture into a loaf on top of the bread in your baking dish. Press it together a bit as you do so. Squiggle a little additional ketchup on top again if you like (this is additional to what the recipe calls for).
Bake this at 350 for an hour.
While that is cooking, this is the perfect time to brew up some Southern Breeze Sweet Tea. This is the sugar free, zero carb sweet tea that is as simple to make as pouring hot water over the bags and letting them steep for a few minutes. This stuff is the real deal, made in Marietta, Georgia.
Let me show you how easy it is to make. I actually brew mine right in the pitcher.
- I pour about an inch of cool water in the bottom of a 2 quart pitcher (one that can handle heat). This is an old habit of mine, you can skip it if you like.
- Bring some water to a boil in my electric kettle (click here to see the one I have), toss two family size tea bags in the pitcher, and pour the boiling water over.
- Let it sit for 3-5 minutes, then remove my bags and fill the pitcher up the rest of the way with water for perfectly sweetened Southern iced tea every time. This photo is just before removing the bags and adding more water.
These three simple steps will yield perfectly sweetened Southern iced tea every time, great with my low carb eating and surviving the month of August in Alabama. Be sure you visit their website for a coupon to use when you go out hunting for it later on today (click here and then choose “sweet deals” at the top of their page)! They also have a tool that will tell you what stores in your area carry their tea.
A glass of Southern Breeze Original Sweet Tea is just what this meal needs.
Allow to sit for ten minutes before cutting. After the ten minutes, it cuts beautifully.
Get ready for the most amazing meatloaf I have ever tasted in my life.
- 1 envelope Onion Soup Mix.
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup water
- ⅓ cup No Fructose Ketchup (I used reduced sugar)
- ¾ cup crushed PORK RINDS (crush, then measure) *
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 lb. ground chicken
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Using clean hands, mix together all ingredients in a large bowl until well blended.
- Place two ends from a loaf of bread, end to end, onto the surface of a 9’x13’ baking dish.
- Form the meat mixture into a loaf, on top of the bread slices
- Squeeze a little more ketchup on top of the meatloaf.
- Bake for 1 hour.
- Let stand for 10 minutes, before slicing
To take this meatloaf over the moon, heat each slice on a sizzling hot cast iron griddle skillet, putting a crusty sear on both sides!
Peel off the bread, from the bottom of each slice of meatloaf, and give it to your 4-legged children. Tails will wag, and they will love you forever!!!
*We no longer eat pork but I've parmesan cheese to be a great substitute that adds flavor and acts as a binder. I add about ½ cup.
The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.
Special thanks to Southern Breeze Sweet Tea for sponsoring this post and helping me bring this wonderful recipe to you!