Do you know those dreams that you have at night that wake you from a deep sleep? Well I had one of those dreams the other night. In this dream, I made a delicious beef pie, but it wasn't a pot pie or a shepherds pie. In fact, it was a bacon weave with an apple and fennel stuffed meatloaf pie! Well I put this recipe to the test on Monday. I prepped it on Sunday night, so on Monday while at work, I started the Weekender and put this dish in for two hours at 325 and BOOM! It was done and supper was ready!
Here's the ingredients:
- 10 slices Bacon
- 1 lb Ground beef, lean 85 percent, min
- 1 lb Ground pork
- 5 stalks Celery
- 1 Fennel, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup), small bulb
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 Granny smith apple, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1/4 cup Parsley
- 1 tbsp Sage, leaves
- 2 Yellow onions, finely chopped (about 3 cups)
- 2 Eggs, large
- 1/2 cup Beef broth, low sodium
- 1/2 cup Chicken broth, low-sodium
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard, whole grain
- 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire
Baking & Spices
- 1 tsp Black pepper
- 1 tbsp Kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
Bread & Baked Goods
- 12 oz French bread
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 1/2 tsp Gelatin, unflavored powdered
Make ahead recipe
- For the meat crust, melt butter in a large skillet over high heat. Add onion. Cook and stir occasionally until translucent, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Whisk beef broth and eggs together in a large bowl. Add the gelatin in one layer and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the bread pieces, worcestershire, dijon, salt, and pepper. Add ground meat and 1/2 cup of the cooked onions. Gently mix together using your hands (they are the best kitchen tools you’ll ever have!).
- Evenly and firmly press the meatloaf mixture into one even layer along the bottom, sides, and lip of the pan (I suggest a deep cast iron skillet). Make sure to make enough room in the pie pan for the filling. Loosely cover and refrigerate.
- For the filling, return the skillet with the remaining onions to medium-high heat. Add the celery, apple, and fennel. Stirring occasionally, cook until everything has slightly softened, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Remove from heat and add torn bread, parsley, sage, salt, pepper, and chicken broth. Mix well.
- Remove the pie from the refrigerator, uncover, and fill the center with the stuffing mixture.
- Using the methods for a normal lattice-topped pie crust, weave the bacon slices together over the stuffing. Tuck any loose bacon ends between the stuffing and meat crust.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 24 hours.
- Light the smoker and preheat to 325 degrees. Take the plastic wrap off the Meatloaf and cook for 2 hours until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Drain the grease. Enjoy!
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