While we were away at sea, our chest freezer finally gave up the ghost. family at home managed to save most of the contents, but a lot of it had been completely thawed and had to be cooked as soon as we got home.
Some of the items that had thawed out were 2 pounds of ground lamb and a 12 oz package of bacon. I decided to concoct a meatloaf out of them with assorted ingredients that I had on hand. Yes, I really do keep all these things on hand on a regular basis.
Lamb can be a very dry meat when used in meatloaf as the fluid it contains cooks off easily. Wrapping the loaf in bacon not only adds flavor and helps to keep the loaf in shape, it adds some moisture to the loaf.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1-1/2 hours at 300F
2 lb ground lamb
1/2 cup almond flour
3 large eggs
1 pk onion soup mix (already contains salt!)
1 tsp herbes de province (Dangold Gourmet Collection)
1 TBSP roasted garlic grapeseed oil (Wildtree)
1tp brown mustard
1TBSP Worchestershire sauce
1 tsp ground white pepper
12 oz hickory bacon
Mix meat, almond flour, onion soup mix thoroughly in a large bowl.
In separate bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, spices, and Worchestershire.
Add egg mixture to meat mixture and combine thoroughly. Cover with a cloth and allow to rest.
On parchment paper, lay out strips of bacon to wrap or weave around loaf. A simple over-under weave produces a nice even outer coating of bacon that will not peel away from the loaf as it cooks.
Form loaf on top of bacon strips. Wrap bacon completely around the loaf, sealing the ends. Use parchment paper to firmly shape the bacon and lamb.
Spray loaf pan with olive oil. Distribute roasted garlic cloves evenly on bottom of pan.
Use parchment paper to transfer loaf to pan and tuck in. Remove parchment paper. Cover pan in foil to prevent spattering.
Place pan in a 300F oven to bake for one and a half hours., keeping an eye on the juices that will collect. If fluid becomes too deep, drain some off. A drip pan is advisable.
When pan is removed from the oven, allow the loaf to rest for 5 minutes or so before slicing and serving. This loaf turned out easily onto a plate.
We served with baked carrots and brown rice.
— Ann Cathey