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!


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20 thoughts on “Meatloaf

  1. niasunset December 18, 2013 at 00:06 Reply

    I am glad to hear you dear Giovanna. This meatball seems so inspirational and delicious. Thank you, Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday, love, nia

    • Bluejellybeans December 20, 2013 at 00:24 Reply

      Thanks my dear friend! Merry Christmas to you too :) :)

  2. Mad Dog December 18, 2013 at 00:24 Reply

    I’ve never made meatloaf either! The best one I’ve ever eaten was in a Kentucky truck stop and the second best one was vegetarian.
    I’ll have to make one in the new year. Merry Christmas ;-)

    • Bluejellybeans December 19, 2013 at 08:26 Reply

      Hi MD! It is a simple yet delicious food. It is worth trying to make it at home and make it your own, adding or subtracting ingredients. Merry Christmas! :)

  3. Tandy | Lavender and Lime December 18, 2013 at 05:20 Reply

    Wishing you and your family a merry Christmas as well :)

  4. bulldog December 18, 2013 at 11:11 Reply

    You make this sound and look delicious…

    • Bluejellybeans December 19, 2013 at 08:22 Reply

      Thank you BD! :). But it isn’t me, it really is delicious! Merry Christmas!

  5. Chica Andaluza December 18, 2013 at 14:19 Reply

    Like you, I don’t think I’ve ever made meatloaf – I always make albondigas! Time to change that with your lvoely recipe. Love your header and the gingerbread house Giovanna. Y tambien os deseamos todo lo mejor para Navidad y 2014. Un abrazo.

    • Bluejellybeans December 19, 2013 at 08:20 Reply

      Muchas gracias Tanya! Me alegro mucho de que te gustara la receta. Lo cierto es que es un poco como las albóndigas, pero un pelín más arregladas ;) Feliz Navidad. Un beso

  6. Tonya DeLozier December 19, 2013 at 23:12 Reply

    wow- never had it with bacon… will have to try.

  7. Raani York December 23, 2013 at 15:26 Reply

    Sounds tasteful. Definitely worth trying. :-)

  8. dedy oktavianus pardede December 31, 2013 at 20:50 Reply

    wow, what a beautifull meatloaf!!!
    Mery christmas, happy new year my friend, God blessed you al the way!!!

  9. sonsothunder January 4, 2014 at 05:22 Reply

    Looks and sounds delicious.. as always..
    “Vegetarian Meatloaf”? Who Said That?
    I can relate to it, however, as that’s my favorite
    ingredient in all my vegetarian dishes… the “MEAT”!
    bless you

    • Bluejellybeans January 15, 2014 at 11:40 Reply

      Oh Hi Paul!!
      Hehehe, you’re so fun! Thanks a lot for your visit and comment. Happy New Year. :)

  10. cecilia January 6, 2014 at 20:08 Reply

    I have never thought to wrap my meatloaf in bacon, what a wonderful idea, i am so glad I am browsing through some of your old posts! c

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