Yes. I said meatcake.
This blog post is brought to you by my guest chef, JP. He did all the cooking and photography. I get to try to explain the process, and of course enjoy the fruits of his labor.
You're probably wondering, "What's a meatcake?" The meatcake is sort of like a stuffed meatloaf, or a pot pie with a meat crust, in a similar tradition to meatza, a Primal creation that is just this side of meat (and pizza) heaven. Maybe it's like a meat lasagna. Ohh... now there's an idea. Meatzagna. Give me a week. I'll have one for you. Ok, maybe more than a week. Boarfest is coming up and I have a feeling I'll be eating pig for a while.
Seriously, is there any way you can go wrong when it comes to meat? I don't think so.
So about this meatcake...
3 lbs ground meat
2 Tbsp each oregano, parsley, salt, pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
1 cup almond flour (optional)
1 lb bacon, lightly cooked
1 lb fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 quart container mushrooms
4 medium onions, chopped
1 large can diced tomatoes, juice drained
Salt and pepper to taste
Start by combining your ground beef, eggs, spices and almond flour into a meatloaf base. You can use either beef or pork. We opted for 2 pounds beef and 1 pound pork. Feel free to make your own meatloaf recipe if you prefer.
Saute your mushrooms and onions in a small pan, season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
Divide your meat mixture into thirds. Place two thirds in a large baking dish and press it to the pan, much like a pie crust. It should look something like a meat bathtub for all of your fillings.
Spread your sauteed mushrooms and onions in the bottom of the meat bathtub. Chop your bacon and layer on top of the mushrooms.
Lay out your mozzarella slices over the bacon. OMG... yumm...
Next, take your last third of meat mixture and cover the top of your meatcake...
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, carefully drain the fat off (optional.) Spread the diced tomoatoes over the top, return to the oven and heat until the tomatoes are warm and happy.
And this... is delicious...