Delicious homemade meatloaf, wrapped in bacon and a ketchup glaze!
Many of us have memories of meatloaf as a kid and, at least for me, these memories aren’t the best. Meatloaf was this blank, dry thing that I would just drench in ketchup.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are some really great ways to make a great meatloaf and keep it juicy and wonderful. My new favorite method is to wrap the whole thing in bacon. This looks stunning but is actually pretty easy to execute. You can make it happen!
Before you even get to the wrapping part, make sure you have a good meatloaf recipe. I included a really basic one that works well and has simple ingredients. Don’t forget the oats! They actually help keep the meatloaf juicy by absorbing a lot of the juices that would otherwise be lost.
When you’re ready to wrap, line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with strips of overlapping bacon. You should have some overhanging edges.
Spread a little ketchup glaze in on the bacon, which will act as glue for the meatloaf.
Then press in your meatloaf mixture. It’ll be a tight fit but you should be able to fit it all!
Fold the edges of the bacon over the meatloaf and flip it onto a baking sheet lined with heavy duty foil or parchment paper. Then take a few extra bacon strips and cover the ends of the meatloaf. You can tuck the bacon under the strips on the side to make sure it’s a tight fit.
Bake this awesomeness at 350ºF for about 50 minutes. Then remove it and brush it thoroughly with ketchup glaze before returning it to the oven for another 15-20 minutes.
The finished loaf will have crispy bacon on the edges and, most importantly, it’ll reach an internal temperature of 165ºF in the very center. (I like to use a digital thermometer to make sure it hits that temperature.)
Then let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes and use a serrated knife to slice it up!
You can serve ketchup with this or an extra serving of the ketchup glaze. I think you’ll love it!
Nick thinks this is not your mother’s meatloaf! Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon profile.