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Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf

Posted: October 6

Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

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Meatloaf is delicious on its own, but wrapping it in bacon is a genius move that will add some crunch to the soft loaf. The Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf itself has an Italian tinge with Italian bread, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning included. The tangy tomato sauce balances the rich loaf with sweetness and acidity. Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf is a crowd-pleasing dish that will draw “oohs” and “aahs” from your dinner guests.


3/4 cup milk
3 slices crusty Italian bread
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
3 large eggs
2 carrots, grated (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
3/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
8 slices bacon
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 (14.5 ounce) cans tomatoes, diced and undrained
cayenne pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon mustard powder
Worcestershire sauce, to taste
steamed green beans, optional, for serving


Step 1

To begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

In a large bowl, pour the milk over the bread, allowing it to soak for a few minutes.

Step 3

Using your fingers, smush the bread up into little pieces.

Step 4

Add the eggs, beef, carrots, parsley, parmesan, salt, Italian seasoning, and pepper to the bread mixture. Knead with your hands until well combined.

Step 5

Set the combined mixture onto a foil-lined baking sheet, shaping it into a loaf. Arrange the bacon slices on the meatloaf, slightly overlapping.

Step 6

Bake until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F on a meat thermometer and the meatloaf is no longer pink in the middle, about 50-60 minutes.

Step 7

While the meatloaf is baking, combine the brown sugar, canned tomatoes, cayenne pepper, mustard powder, and Worcestershire sauce in a large saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat.

Step 8

Bring to a simmer, partially covered, and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened and saucy.

Step 9

Cut the meatloaf into thick slices, topping with the sauce and serving with green beans.

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