Grass-Fed Beef Meatloaf in a Bacon Blanket

70 mins (prep 30)
16 ingredients
makes 4 servings (with generous leftovers)
It's good news for America that grass-fed beef is increasingly available in supermarkets. Cattle were meant to eat grass, and they are efficient at converting that green goodness into nutrient-dense meat, rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids as well as vitamins A and E, to say nothing of environmental benefits. Because grass-fed beef is leaner than grain-fed, it's not quite as tender. So turning it into a meatloaf is a great—and economical—way to make a meal of it. A little ground pork adds the bit of richness that all meatloaves need, and if you can persuade the butcher to grind some pork shoulder for you, all the better. Meatloaves look naked without some sort of topping, and bacon is the obvious trendy choice to entice finicky eaters; feel free to aim for high-end bacon from heritage hogs. Editors' Note: Kemp Minifie reimagined the foil tray frozen dinner for Gourmet Live. Her updated menu includes: meatloaf made from grass-fed beef, scalloped potatoes, lemony green veggies, and your new favorite brownies for dessert.

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  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs (ground in food processor from 2 slices of bread)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 large celery rib, finely chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground grass-fed beef (preferably ground once; see cooks' notes)
  • 1/2 pound ground pork (preferably shoulder, not lean; and ground once; see cooks' notes)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika (optional; see cooks' notes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 bacon slices, halved crosswise
  • special equipment: a large, heavy rimmed sheet pan or flameproof roasting pan (not glass); instant-read thermometer


Serving Size (231.14 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 577.88 Calories from Fat 343.8
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38.2g 235.09%
Saturated Fat 16.19g 323.74%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 141.33mg 188.44%
Sodium 700.27mg 116.71%
Total Carbohydrate 15.83g 21.1%
Dietary Fiber 0.09 g 1.42%
Sugars 14.14 g %
Protein 40.42g 323.35%
Vitamin A 180.89IU% Vitamin C 2.55mg%
Calcium 203.37mg% Iron 4.2mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
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