Magda’s Bacon Topped Meatloaf

by Jenn K on March 30, 2012

This recipe was suggested by my son. When asked what he wanted for his birthday dinner with the Grandparents, he said he wanted meatloaf and he wanted my bacon wrapped prunes for appetizers. After thinking about it for a few more minutes, he asked if I could wrap the meatloaf in bacon (we had had bacon wrapped chicken a couple of weeks before that). Hence a new recipe was born.

I made this moist and delicious meatloaf in two configurations: one large meatloaf served on the day of the party and smaller, individual meatloaves that went home with the grandparents to eat during the rest of week. Grating the vegetables adds moisture to the meatloaf making even yummier.

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Bacon Topped Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bread
  • 2  tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 onion, finely grated
  • 1/2 carrot, finely grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, or 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds extra lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon barbeque sauce

 

Directions

  • Shred the bread slices with your hands and soak in milk.
  • Finely grate the carrots and onion and finely mince the garlic and the roasted red pepper.
  • Combine the meat, vegetables, seasonings, spices, eggs, mayonnaise, mustard and 1 tablespoon of barbecue sauce, reserving 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce. (I find it easiest to mix the meat mixture well with my hands.)
  • Add the soaked bread. Mix well.
  • Shape the meatloaf on a pan or in individual muffin tin size portions.

For Individual Meatloaves:

  • Make a ball that comfortably fits into your two cupped hands and shape. Cover each mini meatloaf with a half slice of bacon. Place each into a silicone or paper muffin cup.
  • Pour the reserved barbecue sauce into a small bowl and brush it on the tops of the meatloaves.
  • Bake at 350 Fahrenheit degrees for about 30 to 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

For Large Meatloaf:

  • Cover a baking pan with foil. Shape the meatloaf; it should be about the height of your palm and about as wide, and as long as necessary.
  • Brush the reserved barbecue sauce over the top and sides of the loaf. Lay half slices of bacon over the top, overlapping slightly.
  • Bake at 350 Fahrenheit degrees for about 60 to 75 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Ms Frau March 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm

What a charming idea to make individual ones for the Grandparents! I love it!

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vikki March 31, 2012 at 5:04 am

I have a question, how much garlic and roasted red pepper did you use? They are in the instructions but not the ingredient list. And I thought I was the only one that did that lol :0)
Love your recipes, thinking of trying this one in the crock pot. I live in Tx and I need all the crock pot recipes I can get for summer.

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Debra Schramm April 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

Eggs are also missing from the ingredient list.

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Merrilee April 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

The bacon is also missing from the ingredient list! :) I am looking forward to trying this.

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Cyndi April 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm

The seasonings and spices are also missing from the ingredient list. I’d like to make this soon, but could use the full recipe pretty please.

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Cristina April 14, 2013 at 11:33 pm

I have not tried this yet, but, it sounds good. For all of you who “do NOT see” an ingredient, or “how much” to use, you all NEED to go BACK and look again. I read the post, went back and checked on the ingredients and directions and they are ALL there!! Take your time and READ

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