Pork and apple meatloaf (it’s actually made with both pork and beef) is a super cozy, nourishing meal, ideal for the cooler days! Pork and apples have already been well established as a great flavor combo, and the addition of a little ginger and nutmeg makes this one even more interesting. As an added bonus, this meatloaf is a huge hit with my kids–maybe it will be with yours too!
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Tools & Equipment for Pork and Apple Meatloaf
- Large mixing bowl
- Potato masher
- 1.5 quart casserole dish
- Frying pan
- Measuring cups and spoons
Ingredients for Pork and Apple Meatloaf
- Ground pork
- Ground beef
- Onion, finely diced
- Carrot, peeled and shredded
- Bread crumbs (my personal preference is plain panko)
- Ground ginger
- Ground nutmeg (optional)
- Beef broth
- Tart apples (Granny Smith or similar) peeled, cored and sliced
- Parsley for garnish, optional
Heat a teaspoon of olive oil or butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Saute onions and carrots until soft, about three minutes. Set aside to cool.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.
In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat the egg. Add both ground meats, veggie mixture, bread crumbs, salt, ginger, nutmeg if using, applesauce and beef broth and use a potato masher to mix until fully combined.
Fill the bottom of a 1.5 qt casserole dish with half of the meat mixture. Line up half of the apples on top, covering the meat.
Cover the apples with the remaining meat, and line the rest of the apples up on top.
Bake for 65-75 minutes, until meat is cooked through.
I use panko breadcrumbs. Other packaged breadcrumbs work as well, as do fresh ground breadcrumbs, gluten-free panko, or almond flour.
How to Serve Pork and Apple Meatloaf
This meatloaf is remarkably suited to either ketchup or barbeque sauce.
Serve with mashed or roasted potatoes, green beans or a fresh green salad.
- 1 egg
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 1/2 cup raw carrot, grated
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 3 medium tart apples (Granny Smith or similar) peeled, cored, sliced
- Parsley for garnish, if desired
- Heat 1 tsp olive oil or butter in a medium pan and sauté onion and carrot for 3 minutes or until softened. Set aside to cool.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.
- Place egg in a large mixing bowl and lightly beat.
- To the mixing bowl with the egg, add ground pork, ground beef, sauted vegetable mixture, breadcrumbs, salt, ginger, nutmeg, applesauce, and beef broth.
- Use your hands or a potato masher to thoroughly mix all ingredients in mixing bowl.
- Lightly grease a 1.5 qt casserole dish and fill the bottom with half of the meat mixture.
- Cover the meat with half of the apple slices.
- Place the rest of the meat over the apples and press down to fill the dish.
- Cover the meatloaf with the rest of the apple slices.
- Bake for 65-75 minutes, until the meat is cooked through.
1. I prefer to use panko breadcrumbs in this meatloaf; other packaged breadcrumbs, fresh breadcrumbs, gluten-free panko or almond flour could be substituted.
2. This is delish with barbeque sauce (for real!) or ketchup.
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