AIP Mini Pork Meatloaves with Leeks
There’s nothing mini about the flavor in this AIP mini pork meatloaves with leeks recipe. Dividing up the ingredients into mini loaf pans is an excellent way to practice portion control.
A Primer on Ground Pork
You have a few options when it comes to ground pork. Your choice depends on your preferences in terms of convenience and how selective you want to be with your meat.
The easiest way to go is to buy pork that has already been ground. While this is no doubt easier, you don’t have as much control over the quality of your meat.
It’s absolutely fine if this is the route you choose for this recipe.
Pre-ground pork does not display the fat content the way ground turkey or beef does. Sausage grade contains more fat. It might contain pieces of loin fat, although the bulk of it tends to be shoulder meat.
Obviously, a reasonable amount of fat will add to the flavor of these loaves.
Another option is to have the butcher grind the meat for you. Here, you can specify how much fat you want, and you’ll know what you’re getting.
Finally, most people can grind their own meat. You can do this with a meat grinder, a meat grinder attachment for your mixer, or with a food processor.
This will give you the most control over what you’re eating. You dictate the amount of fat that winds up in the dish. You can also look for pastured or local pork.
What’s Not in This Meatloaf
If you’ve made meatloaf in your life before autoimmune protocol, you may notice some ingredients that are missing.
Don’t worry, there is still plenty of deliciousness – it’s only lacking the inputs that could inspire an inflammatory response in your body.
First, breadcrumbs have to go. Grains are out on AIP.
Another item you won’t find in this meatloaf is eggs. It’s often used as a binding agent, but you really don’t need it here.
Ketchup is another big one that is absent. Since tomatoes are part of the nightshade family, and ketchup is normally full of sugar, it’s not OK for AIP.
Another ingredient you won’t find is milk. Dairy causes problems for many people, not just those with an autoimmune condition, so I like to create recipes without it.
Finally, there’s no brown sugar.
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There’s nothing mini about the flavor in this AIP mini pork meatloaves with leeks recipe.
- 2 Tablespoons of olive oil (30 ml)
- 1 medium onion (110 g), finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic (6 g), finely chopped
- 1 leek (90 g), finely sliced
- 1/2 lb of ground pork (225 g)
- Salt, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C).
- Heat olive oil in a pan and gently cook the onion and garlic until softened and caramelized. Add the leek and cook until the leek has completely softened.
- Remove the mixture and place in a large bowl along with the raw ground pork and
combine the mixture well to ensure it is evenly mixed. Season with salt.
- Press the mixture firmly into 2 mini greased bread loaf tins (or a muffin tray if you don’t have mini loaf tins) and cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Use a knife to loosen the sides and gently tip the mini meatloaves upside down onto your
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 307
- Sugar: 4 g
- Fat: 19 g
- Carbohydrates: 13 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 25 g