Keto Meatloaf Recipe

Born to be a cheap yet filling alternative to meat, meatloaves only need to get rid of their carb fetters to be a delicious high quality meal on our table.

In the cosiness of our home where we are forced to live, in case of a tiny virus decides to go berserk, it’s hard to imagine that a couple of years ago stockpiling up on food would have completely meant a different experience.

We couldn’t pack up on months’ worth of toilet paper for the simple reason that we had none until the 19th century. Similarly, humanity didn’t have fridges, freezers, vacuum bags, cans of food or any nowadays widely available means to store food.

Smoking, drying or salting food was not for the pleasures of our taste buds as it is today but for the simple reasons of keeping resource edible for as long as possible.

When resources are scarce, we tend to appreciate them more. Just look at how anxious anybody become when suddenly there were no papers to wipe our bottoms and how desperate when there was no more yeast.

Suddenly, making sourdough starter from the bottom of the home bakers bucket list popped into the first place, becoming an overnight sensation. It’s sucks if we have just stockpiled up on flour and we have no yeast to bake with.

Luckily, for a long time now, we aren’t short of flour or at least not in the Western world. This wasn’t always like that and there were times when people appreciated more their food. Or at least they felt more its value as they worked really hard for it on the fields or woods to get it.

But even if they worked from first light to pitch dark, agriculture was and still is subject of the caprices of the weather. A bad day could ruin months of hard work leaving the family or community with the dire consequences of not having a full belly for many a day.

Fortunately with the industrial revolution, things started to get better. Working the fields with machines freed up people to go to cities, working in factories and earn their living.

Buying food instead of producing it became the norm quickly without much regret of not having dirt under one’s fingernail. It seems though, when one thing changes many other things got changed too.

We change things to make our life easier, but we can’t leave our problems and worries behind. When we don’t have the weather to be anxious about, there comes other things out of our control that can make our life difficult, like recession.

Although recessions are pretty rough to live through, they are probably better than not having enough corn in the barn to live through the winter.

Unbelievable as it may sounds but recessions are a great soil for creativity to thrive upon. Many of us performs better under stress and economic downturns are full of that.

During the Great Depression economists were baffled from the fact that when potato prices rose due to shortages, a lot more potatoes were bought. Upon examination they found that as people couldn’t afford to buy the way more expensive meat in order to meet their daily calorie demand.

Their solution was further reducing the amount of meat they bought and substituting that with potatoes. People prefer to have a full belly, and if that means that we have something that remotely reminds us of something else then so be it.

This is how meatloaves (and Mazda Miata) came to existence too. A reminder of a better era while still providing comfort in times of need, gobbling up everything that were left out of somewhere or fallen off.

It’s fascinating to see though that once we got used to something, even if that was a substitution for something else, we have a really hard time letting it go. Probably this is the reason that many recipes which have a low carb keto version of meatloaf calls for substitution of breadcrumbs by something low carb like almond or coconut flour.

It seems that none took notice that starch was added to meatloaf to substitute meat in the first place. Hence when preparing a keto low crab meatloaf what we need to do is simply leaving out the starch.

Meatloaves are quite forgiving and low maintenance dishes. We can experiment with them by mixing various ground meats together, throwing in leftover vegetables or simply trying out our new herbs or spices on them.

Ingredients:

Beginner:

  • 2lb / 1kg Ground meat
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Onion or Scallion (finely diced)
  • 2 clove Garlic
  • 1 cup Tomato paste or puree (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper

Intermediate:

  • 2lb / 1kg Ground meat
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Onion or Scallion (finely diced)
  • 1 Green pepper (diced)
  • 2 clove Garlic
  • 1 cup Tomato paste or puree
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 5oz / 150g Cheese (Aged British Cheddar, Parmesan…)
  • 1 cup Tomato sauce
    • 1 cup / 250ml Pureed tomato (approx. 3 tomato)
    • 1 teaspoon Salt
    • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
    • 2 teaspoon Paprika (smoked if any)
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • 2 teaspoon Apple cider vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon Cloves

Advanced:

  • ½ cup / 150ml Oil
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 1 stalk Celery
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 clove Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 2 medium Tomato (diced) or 1 cup Puree
  • 2lb / 1kg Ground meat
  • 2 Eggs
  • 5oz / 150g Cheese (Aged British Cheddar, Parmesan…)
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 5 oz / 150g Bacon or Pancetta or Guanciale
  • 1 cup Tomato sauce
    • 1 cup / 250ml Pureed tomato (approx. 3 tomato)
    • 1 teaspoon Salt
    • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
    • 2 teaspoon Paprika (smoked if any)
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • 2 teaspoon Apple cider vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon Cloves

 

How to make Keto meatloaf:

Beginner:

  1. Mix all the ingredients, except the tomato  together in a bowl.
  2. Place the mixture onto a baking tray and form a loaf from it. Applying oil on our hands before handling the meat helps preventing the meat sticking to it.
  3. Place the tray into a 350°F / 180°C oven until the internal temperature of the loaf reaches 145°F / 63°C. It will take about 45 to 60 minutes.
  4. If a browner crust is required place the loaf onto a higher rack and increase the temperature to max until the desired color is achieved. This generally takes about 10 minutes.

Intermediate:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Place the mixture onto a baking tray and form a loaf from it. Applying oil on our hands before handling the meat helps preventing the meat sticking to it.
  3. Place the tray into a 350°F / 180°C oven for a half an hour.
  4. While the meat is roasting in the oven make the tomato sauce. This can be done beforehand and taken out of the freezer or if in dire needs, some ketchup would do it too. Check out how to make Tomato sauce, BBQ sauce or Bravas sauce in the: Low Carb Condiments
  5. After half an hour of roasting take the meatloaf out and spread the tomato sauce on top.
  6. Place the meatloaf back into the oven and roast 30 minutes more on a higher rack.
  7. After 30 minutes the meatloaf should be ready. If we aren’t happy with the consistency or color of the tomato on top we can roast it for another 10 – 15 minutes on the highest temperature. This extra roasting will darken and thicken the sauce.

Advanced:

  1. Heat oil in a frying pan.
  2. Add diced onion, celery, salt and saute on high heat for about 5 – 10 minutes.Keto-meatloaf-recipe-Process-1-SunCakeMom
  3. Add crushed garlic, black pepper and saute until garlic gets fragrant for about 3 minutes.Keto-meatloaf-recipe-Process-2-SunCakeMom
  4. It’s time to pour in the tomato puree or add the chopped tomato with a half cup of water.Keto-meatloaf-recipe-Process-4-SunCakeMom
  5. Cook the mixture for about 5 -10 minutes until the water evaporates and the tomatoes break up into a mush.Keto-meatloaf-recipe-Process-5-SunCakeMom
  6. Place the eggs, salt and ground meat into a bowl.Keto-meatloaf-recipe-Process-6-SunCakeMom
  7. Add the shredded cheese.Keto-meatloaf-recipe-Process-7-SunCakeMom
  8. Pour in the tomato sauce preferably cooled.Keto-meatloaf-recipe-Process-8-SunCakeMom
  9. Mix everything together.Keto-meatloaf-recipe-Process-9-SunCakeMom
  10. Apply oil on our hands.Keto-meatloaf-recipe-Process-10-SunCakeMom
  11. Place the meat mixture onto a baking tray.Keto-meatloaf-recipe-Process-11-SunCakeMom
  12. Form the loaf.Keto-meatloaf-recipe-Process-12-SunCakeMom
  13. Cover the loaf with thin bacon, guanciale or pancetta slices.Keto-meatloaf-recipe-Process-14-SunCakeMom
  14. Place it into a 350°F / 180°C oven for 30 minutes.Keto-meatloaf-recipe-Process-15-SunCakeMom
  15. While the meat is roasting in the oven make the tomato sauce. This can be done beforehand and taken out from the freezer or if in dire needs some ketchup would do it too. Check out how to make Tomato sauce, BBQ sauce or Bravas sauce in the: Low Carb Condiments. Optionally we can make double of the sauce we can use as a filling and use half of it for brushing.
  16. Apply the tomato sauce on top generously.Keto-meatloaf-recipe-Process-16-SunCakeMom
  17. Place the meatloaf back into the oven for 30 more minutes.
  18. After 30 minutes the meatloaf should be ready. If we aren’t happy with the consistency or color of the tomato on top we can roast 10 – 15 minutes more on the highest temperature. This extra roasting will darken and thicken the sauce. It may also burn some spiky bacon a bit.Keto-meatloaf-recipe-Process-17-SunCakeMom
  19. Slice and serve!

Enjoy!Keto-meatloaf-recipe-3-SunCakeMom

Keto Meatloaf Recipe

Born to be a cheap yet filling alternative to meat, meatloaves only need to get rid of their carb fetters to be a delicious high quality meal on our table.
Course Low Carb Meal, Meal
Cuisine Gluten free, Keto, Low carb recipe, Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Author SunCakeMom

Ingredients

Beginner:
  • 2 lb / 1kg Ground meat
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Onion or Scallion finely diced
  • 2 clove Garlic
  • 1 cup Tomato paste or puree optional
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
Intermediate:
  • 2 lb / 1kg Ground meat
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Onion or Scallion finely diced
  • 1 Green pepper diced
  • 2 clove Garlic
  • 1 cup Tomato paste or puree
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 5 oz / 150g Cheese Aged British Cheddar, Parmesan...
  • 1 cup Tomato sauce
  • 1 cup / 250ml Pureed tomato approx. 3 tomato
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon Paprika smoked if any
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 teaspoon Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Cloves
Advanced:
  • 1/2 cup / 150ml Oil
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 1 stalk Celery
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 clove Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 2 medium Tomato diced or 1 cup Puree
  • 2 lb / 1kg Ground meat
  • 2 Eggs
  • 5 oz / 150g Cheese Aged British Cheddar, Parmesan...
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 5 oz / 150g Bacon or Pancetta or Guanciale
  • 1 cup Tomato sauce
  • 1 cup / 250ml Pureed tomato approx. 3 tomato
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon Paprika smoked if any
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 teaspoon Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Cloves

Instructions

Beginner:

  • Mix all the ingredients, except the tomato together in a bowl.
  • Place the mixture onto a baking tray and form a loaf from it. Applying oil on our hands before handling the meat helps preventing the meat sticking to it.
  • Place the tray into a 350°F / 180°C oven until the internal temperature of the loaf reaches 145°F / 63°C. It will take about 45 to 60 minutes.
  • If a browner crust is required place the loaf onto a higher rack and increase the temperature to max until the desired color is achieved. This generally takes about 10 minutes.

Intermediate:

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Place the mixture onto a baking tray and form a loaf from it. Applying oil on our hands before handling the meat helps preventing the meat sticking to it.
  • Place the tray into a 350°F / 180°C oven for a half an hour.
  • While the meat is roasting in the oven make the tomato sauce. This can be done beforehand and taken out of the freezer or if in dire needs, some ketchup would do it too. Check out how to make Tomato sauce, BBQ sauce or Bravas sauce in the: Low Carb Condiments
  • After half an hour of roasting take the meatloaf out and spread the tomato sauce on top.
  • Place the meatloaf back into the oven and roast 30 minutes more on a higher rack.
  • After 30 minutes the meatloaf should be ready. If we aren't happy with the consistency or color of the tomato on top we can roast it for another 10 - 15 minutes on the highest temperature. This extra roasting will darken and thicken the sauce.

Advanced:

  • Heat oil in a frying pan.
  • Add diced onion, celery, salt and saute on high heat for about 5 - 10 minutes.
  • Add crushed garlic, black pepper and saute until garlic gets fragrant for about 3 minutes.
  • It's time to pour in the tomato puree or add the chopped tomato with a half cup of water.
  • Cook the mixture for about 5 -10 minutes until the water evaporates and the tomatoes break up into a mush.
  • Place the eggs, salt and ground meat into a bowl.
  • Add the shredded cheese.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce preferably cooled.
  • Mix everything together.
  • Apply oil on our hands.
  • Place the meat mixture onto a baking tray.
  • Form the loaf.
  • Cover the loaf with thin bacon, guanciale or pancetta slices.
  • Place it into a 350°F / 180°C oven for 30 minutes.
  • While the meat is roasting in the oven make the tomato sauce. This can be done beforehand and taken out from the freezer or if in dire needs some ketchup would do it too. Check out how to make Tomato sauce, BBQ sauce or Bravas sauce in the: Low Carb Condiments. Optionally we can make double of the sauce we can use as a filling and use half of it for brushing.
  • Apply the tomato sauce on top generously.
  • Place the meatloaf back into the oven for 30 more minutes.
  • After 30 minutes the meatloaf should be ready. If we aren't happy with the consistency or color of the tomato on top we can roast 10 - 15 minutes more on the highest temperature. This extra roasting will darken and thicken the sauce. It may also burn some spiky bacon a bit.
  • Slice and serve!

Notes

Enjoy!

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