Meatloaf

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: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/09/my-favorite-meatloaf/

Ingredients

Meatloaf:
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

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

Preparation

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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