Very often, even the most pedestrian ingredients can become an exquisite dish when cooked with love, it doesn’t matter if the dish at issue is meatloaf… A few weeks back, looking for an idea for lunch with my parents in law I realized that I had never done meatloaf and that actually none of us have ever tasted it. So there it was and here it is, a delicious and moist meatloaf, an everyday dish dressed up for a special occasion.
I think there is no one better than the author who inspired me to cook this recipe, Ree Drummond, to describe it.
“…open your minds for a moment. Pretend the title of this dish does not contain the word “loaf.” Focus, instead, on the simplicity of the ingredients: a beautiful meat mixture bound together with bread and eggs and made delicious with Parmesan and seasonings. Focus, instead, on the fact that the meat mixture is wrapped lovingly in a blanket of thin, flavorful bacon, and topped with a tangy-sweet sauce that pulls it all together in perfect harmony”
Thank you Pioneer Woman!
- 1 cup Whole Milk
- 6 slices White Bread
- 2 pounds Ground Beef
- 1 cup (heaping) Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
- ¼ teaspoon Seasoned Salt
- 3/4 teaspoons Salt
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 1/3 cup Minced Flat-leaf Parsley
- 4 whole Eggs, Beaten
- 10 slices Thin/regular Bacon
- 1 ½ cup Ketchup
- 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
- Tabasco to Taste
Preheat oven to 350 ºF (180 ºC). 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, 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.
Lay bacon slices over the top, tucking them underneath the meatloaf.
Make the sauce mixing ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and hot sauce. 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.
I hope to be able to come back and post another recipe before Christmas, but if I can’t, then I wish you all have a wonderful Christmas. God Bless you all!