Mom’s Meatloaf Made Better with…..

BACON!  O.k. so this is not big news for most people.  However it was for my kids.  I guess I hadn’t put bacon on the top of my meatloaf or at least not that they could remember.  At first, they said “ew, mom.  That doesn’t look good” (see pic).  Of course once it came out of the oven they were fighting over who got more bacon on their slice.  Now, I should warn you, I didn’t go whole hog.  This was turkey bacon.  But it was delicious without being gluttonous. 

This was also a good make ahead recipe.  I’m finding I’m cooking or at least prepping my mid-week dinners around 3:30.  With the kids’ school and activities’ schedule, this is when we’re home before rushing out to a 4:45 class of Tae Kwon Do or Performing Arts.  Coming home at 6 is rough if you have to make dinner, give showers and get kids to get bed by 8.   So making ahead is key.

Here’s my recipe from The Petit Appetit cookbook, with the additional directions for bacon.

Mom’s Meat Loaf

Here's before cooking. (It smelled so good, we ate it before I could take a cooked pic.)

Why is it meat loaf and not something sexier like “beefcake”?   This version has some unexpected veggies inside for choosey eaters.  Serve with roasted red pepper sauce  or ketchup for dipping.  Mashed carrots and potatoes is the perfect side dish. 

 ¼ cup diced organic red pepper

¼ cup diced organic carrot

¼ cup diced onion

2 cage- free organic eggs, slightly beaten

¼ cup milk

1 tablespoon fresh parsley

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese

¼ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

¼ cup dry bread crumbs

2 pounds organic lean ground beef (no more than 10% fat)

 optional:  6 pieces turkey bacon

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Line shallow baking pan with aluminum foil, and grease with cooking oil.  In a large bowl combine all ingredients except beef.  Add beef and mix with a rubber spatula or your hands, so everything is evenly distributed.  Shape meat into desired shape and place in prepared pan.  It is best if meat does not touch sides of pan. (optional: drape uncooked turkey bacon over the top or meatloaf before baking) 

Bake meat loaf 45 – 55 minutes of until done.  Allow meat to rest for 10 minutes.

Shape it up!  A meatloaf can be formed into a traditional square or rectangle shape, but how about a fish or a heart?  This recipe also works well by filling greased muffin tins with meat mixture.  This is fun for kids and will make about 24 round beef cakes, and take less time to cook, about 30 – 35 minutes.