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From the Hearth - Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Is there anything better than meatloaf? For some of us the answer is a resounding NO! One of the dishes I missed the most when i started lowering my carb intake was the humble meatloaf. Then i found this low carb version, and with a few small tweaks here and there to suit our tastes it has become a magickal family favorite.

While low on carbs, this recipe is very high on stengthening and mothering energies making it a wonderful comfort food. I usually serve it with green beans or broccoli.


Ingredients:
2 tbs butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1½ lbs ground beef
8 tbs heavy whipping cream
½ c shredded cheese
1 egg
1 tbs dried oregano
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
7 oz. sliced bacon
1¼ c heavy whipping cream, for the gravy

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425°F

Fry the onion until soft and translucent.

In a large bowl, mix the ground meat and all ingredients except the bacon. Aavoid overworking it because this can make the end result too dense.

Lay out a sheet of aluminium foil, lay strips of bacon on the foil to form a base. 

Form the ground beef mixture into a loaf on top of the bacon strips. Fold bacon over, wrapping them around the ground beef before wrapping the whole bundle in the aluminium foil.

Chill for an hour before baking to help it all stick together.

Place the meatloaf in the baking dish with the tips of the bacon strips on the bottom.

Bake in the middle of the oven for about 45 minutes. If the bacon begins to overcook before the meat is done, cover with aluminum foil and lower the heat a bit.

Save the juices that have accumulated in the baking dish, and mix with the cream in a smaller sauce pan. Bring to a boil and lower the heat and let simmer for 10–15 minutes.

Magical Breakdown

Butter:
Properties: Spirituality, Communication, Reconciliation, Enhancing Energies
Butter contains the nurturing qualities of milk solidified. In combination with other ingredients, it adds "sticking" power to their energies. It also helps lubricate communications and soothe conflicts between friends and family members.

Onion:
Properties: oaths, promises, warding, protection, health, banishing, virility, potency, male fertility, energy, psychic, spiritual
Add onions to your meals to increase your physical and spiritual health and strengthen your aura against psychic attack.

Beef:
Properties: grounding, prosperity, protection, energy, excitement, strength
Cattle are sacred to Isis, Hathor, Hera and Brigid as well as a number of other Goddesses. It was also considered a suitable offering to a number of Greek Gods and Goddesses.

Cream:
Properties: Prosperity, Nurturing, Protection, Success
Cow’s milk is one of the best magical ingredients for spells of nurturing, prosperity, and protection.

Cheese:
Properties: Completion, Enhancing Energy
Aristaeus, the son of Apollo gave cheese to mankind. So it is sacred to Apollo and a suitable offering to him. Cheese resonates with the element of Air and the planet Saturn. It symbolizes things coming to fruition. Top any dish with cheese to compliment and raise the energy already present in the meal

Egg:
Properties: Fertility, Spirituality, Rejuvenation, Mysteries
In many traditions the egg is a sacred symbol of the Universe.
The egg represents all the elements. The shell; Earth, the inner membrane; Air, the yolk; Fire and the white; Water.

Oregano:
Properties: happiness, tranquility, luck, health, protection and letting go, deepening love.
Oregano symbolizes joy. Use it to celebrate joyful occasions, or in spells to bring joy into one's life.

Pork:
Properties: Strength; fertility; luck; prosperity; longevity
Considered the meat of the poor by many, it has a very determined strength to it. Native Americans held the pig to be a symbol of abundance and gratitude. Pork also enhances the energies of any foods it is combined with.

 

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