Jalapeno Maple Bacon Meatloaf Mini’s is what’s for dinner. I know, I know, they say bacon is not that good for you. But is it not that good for you because it is full of nitrates? Because I would agree, nothing with nitrates are good for you. Or are they really all that bad? There is some controversy over whether nitrates and nitrites are as bad for you as you have been led to believe. You can read about the nitrate controversy here. I’m still a little unsure, so I bought nitrate-free organic bacon. And I’m not advocating bacon everyday because it still has an extremely high saturated fat content but a little bacon every now and then is okay. I mean, who doesn’t love bacon? I read a t-shirt once that said ‘Everything’s Better with Bacon’. I’m not sure I agree, but it is awfully tasty on this new recipe I created.
Mini Jalapeno Maple Bacon Meatloaf’s are perfect for a dinner party.
These meatloaf mini’s are about the size of a medium potato, so they really are perfect for serving at a casual dinner party where every guest receives their own individual meatloaf wrapped in a blanket of bacon.
And don’t let the word ‘jalapeno’ scare you. It adds just a slight amount of kick but not enough heat to really notice. If you like things extra spicy you could always add a few extra peppers into the mix or throw in the seeds, where a lot of the heat resides. I always remove them because I like a little kick but not that much. And be careful when you are handling peppers. The oil from the seeds can be extremely potent! I learned the hard way. I was making salsa one summer, cut open the jalapeno peppers and got some of the oil on my fingers. I then proceeded to wipe my eye. That was a BIG mistake! It literally burned for days, so be extra careful when you are handling spicy peppers!
For those of us who suffer from Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, you must be very careful when it comes to eating meatloaf. Most meatloaf, especially in restaurants or at someone else’s house for that matter, will most likely have bread crumbs in the loaf. I decided to substitute quinoa flakes and they worked very well in helping hold them together.
Mold the meatloaf mini’s in the shape of a potato and wrap each one in a half a slice of bacon (I had pretty thick bacon, so I pulled the slices a bit to try to stretch the fibers).Then baste each loaf in a small amount of pure maple syrup.
I did have to turn the broiler on for a few minutes at the end of baking in order to fully cook the bacon. You may or may not have to do this depending on how thick your bacon is to begin with. Serve them with my caramelized root vegetable dish and my Asian Pear Salad to make a perfect meal.
This recipe was shared on the following blogs: TheDIYDreamer