When I think of comfort food, meatloaf immediately comes to mind…. among other things like macaroni & cheese! (MY FAVORITE!) It was a treat when Mom made meatloaf for us growing up, but it was never a favorite of Dad’s… until I tried my hand at it. Maybe it was the cheez-its crunched up in it or maybe it was the 1/2 lb. of bacon I put over the top of it! Dad LOVED my meatloaf and still does! Sorry Mom! Since then, meatloaf has been a Dewey family staple and one of my prized recipes that I literally just make up as I go. A little of this, a little of that. I honestly don’t think it is made the same every time I cook it, but each and every time it’s delicious. Once you get the simple recipe down, don’t be afraid to make it your own. Dress it up. Or add something unexpected! I promise meatloaf is pretty forgiving!
My secret ingredient to meatloaf is pork! You can use either ground pork (seasoned yourself) OR you can use a fresh, bulk sausage like italian, breakfast, garlic, whatever! The pork helps keep the ground beef moist because often times sausage or ground pork contains more fat than ground beef. But also, the bacon over the top versus a ketchup glaze will add extra
pounds... I mean moisture to the meatloaf as well! This recipe can EASILY be doubled or even tripled and cooked for a whole ton of people! And my secret to mixing your meatloaf…? Use your stand mixer!! I use my KitchenAid and it works like a dream! Also, you don’t have to get your hands dirty! Win-win! Speaking of KitchenAid… do you have one? What color is yours? I love all their fun colors! Anytime I get the chance to showcase my PRIZED YELLOW mixer, I do! Ain’t she a beauty?
I also talk about the controversy surround Pink Slime or Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) that arouse last year (was it?) with ABC and BPI. I talk about what LFTB is, what it isn’t, and how using LFTB allows our beef industry to produce MORE with LESS! It’s pretty interesting when you look at the facts! So be sure to check that out.
- 1 pound bulk, ground sausage (or ground pork seasoned)
- 1 1/2 pound ground beef (you can use 1 pound too!)
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (or crunched up Cheez-Its are AMAZING!)
- 1 cup shredded cheese (any kind is delicious)
- pepper & garlic powder to taste
- dash Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 eggs
- 4-5 slices thick cut bacon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add all ingredients (except bacon) to your stand mixer or a large bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined.
- Pour meat mixture into an 8x8 inch baking dish or dutch oven and smash down with your hands.
- Lay the bacon slices over the top of the meatloaf. Bake at 350 for about an hour. You may need to drain grease out of the pan halfway through.
- Once your meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees, it is done! Check with an instant read meat thermometer. Enjoy!