I knew it would only be a matter of time before I found the perfect meatloaf recipe! I’m so happy that I came across Ree Drummond’s website, The Pioneer Woman. Not only was it chock-full of great ideas and delicious meals, but it also contained this wonderful recipe from her cookbook.

This dish took a while to prepare…but then again I was pausing a lot in order to document the process with photos! I really like the use of milk-soaked white bread as a key binder. When mixing all of the ingredients together, I purposely didn’t mash up all of the bread and left a few larger pieces still intact. When coming across one of these throughout the meatloaf, I enjoyed the moist flavor-filled bite!

Although optional, I chose to add about three cloves of minced garlic to my mixture. I also went a little heavy handed with the final basting. However, this wasn’t an issue since it was fairly quick to make another small batch of extra sauce for dipping. I served the meatloaf with a side of mashed potatoes seasoned with powdered ranch dressing for some extra zing.

We can’t wait to gobble up the leftovers!

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Here is the original recipe:


1 cup Whole Milk
6 slices White Bread
2 pounds Ground Beef
1 cup (heaping) Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
3/4 teaspoons Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Minced garlic (optional)
1/3 cup Minced Flat-leaf Parsley
4 whole Eggs, Beaten
10 slices Thin/regular Bacon

1-1/2 cup Ketchup
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
Tabasco To Taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes.

Place the ground beef, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, seasoned salt, salt, black pepper, minced garlic (optional) and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in beaten eggs.

With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined. Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a broiler pan, which will allow the fat to drain. (Line the bottom of the pan with foil to avoid a big mess!)

Lay bacon slices over the top, tucking them underneath the meatloaf.

Make the sauce: add ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and hot sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir together. Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the bacon. Spread with a spoon.

Bake for 45 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.

Serve with mashed potatoes. Yummy!

2 thoughts on “Meatloaf

    1. Dana Post author

      Thanks Joanne. Yes, the bacon definitely added a lot of flavor to the dish. It almost tasted like candied ham on top of the meatloaf!! 😀


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