Saturday, 15 December 2012

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

I set an oven mitt alight, dropped an egg on the floor and chose the wrong grill pan to cook the meatloaf on, all in a matter of minutes. I accidentally thawed out several previously frozen food items when I left them on the kitchen counter while searching for things in my freezer. I put brown sauce in the Sauce Mixture instead of brown sugar and had to throw it out and start again. I splashed water all over the kitchen floor and then got distracted and forgot I'd splashed water all over the kitchen floor and proceeded to skid, cartoon-like, through it. Since everything is ten thousand times better when it's wrapped in bacon, may be I should have just wrap myself in bacon today.

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Serves 8

For the Meatloaf:
1 cup full-cream milk
6 slices white bread
500g ground beef
500g ground pork
1 generous cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon steak seasoning
3/4 teaspoons salt flakes
freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup finely chopped parsley
4 eggs, beaten
10 slices bacon
For the Sauce:
1-1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
Tabasco to taste

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. 

Make the Meatloaf:
Put the bread into a food processor and blitz until you have fine bread crumbs. Pour milk over the bread crumbs. Allow it to soak for several minutes.

Place the ground beef and pork, milk-soaked bread crumbs, parmesan, steak seasoning, 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 grill pan (choose a grill pan that fits in your oven... silly me), 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: 
Put the 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.

I served mine with mashed potatoes and pan fried zucchini and carrots.


  1. I love your lead ins. Yes, bacon does the trick. One of those somewhat evil comfort foods. The meatloaf looks divine and I will have to make this - hopefully without slips and slides!

  2. Aww badluck day it was!! But I'm pretty sure that this delicious meatloaf put a smile on your face :)

    You should have put some cheese in it...mouahaha ;)

  3. Thanks Patty. I think I should have worn knee pads and a helmet.

  4. Hey Gabrielle. There's a big cup full of grated parmesan cheese in it... Did you honestly think I would make this without cheese? Come on, you know me better than that :P

  5. I have been wanting to try PW's meatloaf for some time now, so I'm glad you did! It looks great!
    Your description of your mishaps sounds like a regular day for me in the kitchen... for real! But bacon makes everything better... must be why I eat so much of it. :)

  6. Thanks Little Kitchie. It was seriously like The Three Stooges were in my kitchen, except there's only one of me.

  7. Thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday: Meatloaf. Have a great week. No more accidents, hopefully!