Meatloaf is one of those classic home-cooked meals that I grew up on. The only drawback with meatloaf on a low-carb diet is that most recipes call for a significant amount of bread crumbs. But that’s not going to stop us, is it? It just so happens that almond flour (which is quite keto-friendly) is a great substitute for bread crumbs in most meatloaf recipes.
I try to get creative with “classic” recipes whenever I can, just to mix things up whenever possible. I recently started to get creative with my low-carb meatloaf recipe as well. Rather than molding one large loaf like I normally would, I decided to make meatloaf “poppers” instead. These look and feel more like Italian meatballs, but they retain the classic meatloaf taste that you’ve come to love. To top it off, I like to add cheese and bacon to really spruce up the taste into something slightly more exciting. I now present to you, Keto Cheesy Meatloaf Poppers:
What you’ll need:
- 1lb Ground Beef (I recommend 80/20 or 85/15)
- 3 Slices of Bacon, cut into 1-inch size pieces
- 1 Egg
- 3/4 Cup Almond Flour
- 1/3 Cup Shredded Cheese (I recommend Colby-Jack)
- 1/3 Cup Half-n-Half
- 2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350F. While waiting for the oven to heat, place all of the above ingredients into a large mixing bowl. When combined, it’ll look like this:
Step 2: Using your hands, mix the ingredients together completely. Don’t be afraid to mush and mash the meat, almond flour, egg, and cheese together with your fingers. Mix it well!
Step 3: Begin to take small handfuls of the raw meatloaf mixture and roll them into small balls – about the size of a golf ball, if not slightly larger.
Step 4: Grab a cupcake/muffin tin and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Place the meatloaf “poppers” into a cupcake/muffin tin, like this:
Step 5: Place the tin into your 350F oven and cook for 30 minutes. When finished, they should look like this:
Let the poppers sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. I recommend dipping them in reduced-sugar ketchup or ranch dressing and serving with a side of cauliflower mash. My current favorite cauliflower mash recipe can be found here. Enjoy!