Paleo Bacon-Wrapped Spinach Mini Meatloaf (Gorgonzola-Stuffed)

Nov 8, 2011 by

This morning, my stupid alarm did its stupid harp stupid sound at four-stupid-forty-stupid-five. I went out in the stupid rain to the gym where I sucked at stupid squat cleans. I came home, made my husband his breakfast (yes, I am awesome; yes, he knows), got in the shower, and ran downstairs to start my own. I was just going to saute some onions and bacon, throw in some fresh spinach and eat it with a cracked egg.

My hair had other plans.

You see, it looked like this:

So I spent at least 15 minutes trying to tame it into something decent enough to go out in public with. WHILE I LEFT THE BACON ON THE STOVE.

Ok, so let’s recap: awake before Eric Northman goes to bed, dreary rainy cold November day, unruly hair, and the cherry on the crap-cake? BURNED BACON.

I should have just called out of work and gone back to bed, seriously. When you burn your bacon, there is no hope for the day.

Still starving, I shoved a banana and peanut butter down my gullet in two bites and headed to the coffee shop to work because the only thing that was going to make the day bearable at this point would be copious amounts of caffeine poured directly into my gaping maw.

I made it through the rest of the day mostly unscathed, picked the kids up, and stared at the pound of meat I had set aside for dinner for the night. We had planned on regular Farmer’s Market Meatloaf (even though the Caramelized-Onion-Stuffed BBQ one is my personal favorite) but I guess the morning’s rainy-hair-burned-bacon-singed-spinach debacle was still fresh in my mind, so I decided to improvise on the meatloaf.

I chopped and cooked and drained fresh spinach because it’s what I had. This would work with frozen too, but just make sure you defrost it and squeeze out any extra moisture. I made four mini-loaves instead of one big loaf because I thought it made better use of the bacon and quite frankly, looked cute (and cooks faster).

I cooked these on a rack in a roasting pan coated with foil so that the bacon grease would drain off and crisp up. Otherwise, you get soggy bacon and moist meatloaf, kind of like this:

OMG Do not Google "sweaty meatloaf." Like, ever.

I stuffed these with around 1-2 tbsp of Gorgonzola cheese because I love how spinach, bacon, and Gorgonzola taste together, but if you’re dairy-free, simply omit the cheese. I find it easier to lay the bacon on the rack (three pieces for each loaf), make the loaf in your hand and dig out a little crater, scoop the cheese in, close up the loaf, place on top of the bacon and then wrap it around. You can use toothpicks to secure it if you like.

And you know what, guys? I pulled stupid Tuesday up by its britches and made it my bitch, these were that good. When you can turn a bad-bacon day into a good-bacon day, you’ve officially won the day.

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8 Comments

  1. 4:45 – wow that is a crazsy early start to the day! Good for you for getting your gym session in. Even if you sucked at the squats I’m sure they still did you lots of good!

    Recipe looks great – looking forward to trying!

  2. Joann

    I am trying this tomorrow! Looks delish.

  3. Inga

    Looks amazing. I have already printed it out to try soon :-)

  4. That looks like meaty perfection, my friend. I will have to try this soon, after I get off of this “eat as much cheese as possible” jag.

  5. Must buy Gorgonzola as I’m drooling over these pictures.

  6. Becky

    Just made these tonight – yum! Thanks!!

  7. Gertrude

    Hi-freaking-larious. And sounds delic…gonna try this one and many others for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Gertrude

    Tried these out last night, even though it’s the middle of summer and a heat wave – I don’t care, I wanted meatloaf! Made 4 mini meatloafs sans gorgonzola and these have amazing flavor. A+. Thanks for sharing!

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