I’m just going to be brutally honest: a lot of the most splendid things I’ve ever made and eaten started out with ideas
that sounded absolutely disgusting in my mind, but just disgusting enough for me to try them :D.
When I started developing this recipe, it was originally supposed to be spicy meatloaf with balsamic glaze. Which would have been delicious I’m sure, however after a quick look-see in my fridge, my wheels started turning. Apricot glaze immediately jumped out at me. I knew it was great on chicken so I was like hmmm, but what about meatloaf? MUAHAHAHAH >:D! I bounced the idea off of Tiffany first, before I dove in and ruined a perfectly good meatloaf with my fruit craze, and she was toooottally against it.”I can get behind it on chicken, dude, but its not clicking for me on meatloaf.” Well, crud. I lost the support of my teammate, a crucial part of any duo’s success. But I don’t listen very well :] so I gave it a go anyways, and the results did not disappoint. This is a totally clean, totally paleo, keto, and gluten free recipe. It’s husband AND kid approved (which automatically puts it into our family’s recipe hall of fame), and its even better the second day around. I really hope you and you’rs enjoy the “fruit” of my maniacal labors as much as we did :].
Spicy Meatloaf with Balsamic Apricot Glaze:
For the meatloaf:
- 1lb each of ground turkey and ground beef ( you obviously dont have to do this, i just prefer this mixture because it’s not too greasy OR too dry, it’s just right.
- 1 6oz can tomato paste
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup pickled jalapenos (any pepper can be used, i just prefer pickled jalapenos for the taste)
- 1 1/2 tsp onion salt
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp black pepper
For the glaze:
- 1/4 cup all fruit apricot preserves
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
If using turkey and beef, start by mixing both together with hands in a large mixing bowl. I usually try to squish it
together until well and evenly combined.Next, add all other ingredients and combine with hands until well mixed and evenly distributed.Place the meatloaf mixture into a small loaf pan and form into a rectangular shape with hands, making sure it is not touching the sides of the pan (will need room for juices to collect while cooking).Set aside while you whip up the glaze.
Add preserves to microwave safe dish, microwave for 30 seconds. Remove dish from microwave and add remaining ingredients, stir well until combined.Last but not least, glaze the meatloaf and stick it in the oven for 45-60 minutes – checking halfway through to make sure the center of the meatloaf is cooking through. There you have it Apricot Balsamic Spicy Glazed Meatloaf!
Also, I hope you’ll forgive us for our amateur photo skills as we are new to blogging. Food blogging is a very intimidating niche in that respect, and most food bloggers pictures of their brownies and such, are prettier than we are :]. We hope you will stick around with us as we grow and learn, and keep slaying in the kitchen!