This is my first time posting using WordPress! There are so many options! Blogger is definitely easier when it comes to posting…just in case anyone was wondering! I think I need a tutorial lol. Anyway…I feel like I invented something. I haven’t checked to see if anyone else has done this, but I tried it out, and it was so good! Just a few tips though…don’t over cook your apples because they will end up more like applesauce. I did that the second time I made it, and it didn’t come out as good. You also need bacon that isn’t too thick…try to use something a little on the thin side. Cooking the apples the day before, or earlier in the day, will save you time later on as well…so that’s something to think about! Obviously, I do Paleo for Weight Loss, so this is an “in moderation” food…but still Paleo and really yummy! Try it out! Your family won’t be disappointed!
Ingredients2 lbs ground pork 1 Tbsp Sage 1 handful of fresh parsley, chopped 1 tsp sweet paprika 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp oregano salt and pepper 5 apples, peeled and sliced thin 1 tsp cinnamon bacon *You also need a loaf pan in order to form it
Preheat your oven to 380 degrees.
Place your peeled and sliced apples in a baking dish, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for about 30 minutes, stir the apples a bit, and bake for about 15-20 more minutes. You want your apples to be tender, but not mushy like applesauce.
As mentioned above, you can make this early on or the day before.
In a large mixing bowl, add the pork, sage, parsley, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix together well.
Take your loaf pan, and add the pork mixture to the bottom and the sides. I basically molded the inside of the dish with pork, this creates a hole for your apples.
Fill the pork with the apples you made, and top with the rest of the pork mixture. Press it down pretty well at the top, so the sides and the top seal together. As you can see in the photo, the apples are only in the middle…this is easy to do as long as you press it down.
On a cutting board, line about 6 slices of bacon side by side. Flip your pork loaf upside down onto the bacon slices. You may need to hit the loaf pan with a spoon or something to get the raw meat out…it sticks a little bit.
Pull the bacon up the sides of the loaf, and cover the top with bacon as well. I also cut 1 piece in half, and put that on the ends. I used full slices for the bottom/side and I used half slices for the top.
Place on a baking dish, and bake until the bacon is crispy. Then carefully flip over, and cook until the bacon is crispy on the other side.