Meatloaf is one of those love/hate main dishes. To the detractors, we’re here to prove you wrong. This comforting recipe elevates the classic with a flavor-boosting trick: bake with strips of bacon on top.
Whip up this comforting classic, then slice up a piece with a side of garlic mashed potatoes – if you’re us.
What you’ll need:
Loaf pan (optional)
1 pound ground beef
4 strips of bacon
¾ cup crumbled bread (or rolled oats or breadcrumbs)
1 large egg, beaten
¾ cup milk
1 medium onion, grated or chopped
1 bell pepper, finely chopped
1 can tomato paste
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Splash of Worcestershire sauce
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add ground beef, crumbled bread, beaten egg, onion, bell pepper, tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
3. Use hands to gently combine all ingredients until just combined.
4. Add milk a little at a time, gently combining, until the mixture is easy to shape. Don’t add milk all at once, as you may need less. The mixture should be easily malleable, but should still hold its shape and should not be wet.
5. Form mixture into a loaf shape on a greased baking sheet, or use a loaf pan.
6. Cover the meatloaf with the strips of bacon.
7. Cook at 350ºF for 20 to 25 minutes, or until slightly undercooked.
8. Remove from the oven and remove strips of bacon, and set aside.
1. In a small bowl, whisk together ketchup, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Set aside.
1. Spread the sauce mixture over the undercooked meatloaf, then continue cooking at 350ºF for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
2. Allow meatloaf to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
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