Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Rich Tomato Gravy

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Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Rich Tomato Gravy
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Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 1 hour

My mom always topped her meatloaf with a sweet and tangy tomato gravy. My husband’s mom always topped hers with bacon. After we got married, I married the meatloaf recipes too and we all lived happily ever after. This recipe makes a lot, but the leftovers are spectacular when sandwiched between two slices of toasted bread.

 


Yield: serves 8

What you'll need

  • 6 ounces garlic-flavored croutons (I used Glutino Parmesan Garlic Bagel Chips)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 large egg
  • 8 slices of thinly sliced bacon
  • For the tomato gravy:
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 6 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • Splash of hot sauce, such as Tabasco, if desired

How to make it

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty foil. Set aside.

  2. Place croutons, pepper, salt, thyme in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel-blade attachment and pulse until finely ground. Add onion, carrot, parsley and garlic and pulse until vegetables are finely chopped, but still have some texture.

  3. Place beef and pork in a large bowl, and add crumb mixture and egg. Mix until thoroughly combined. I find that using my hands works best for this. Turn meat out onto the prepared baking sheet and form into a loaf shape, about 5 by 9 inches.

  4. Mix the ingredients for the tomato gravy in a medium bowl. Spread half of the gravy over the meat, topping decoratively with the bacon slices. Bake for 1 hour, or until a thermometer inserted in the very middle of the loaf registers 155 degrees. If the bacon isn’t quite crisp enough, brown under a broiler for just a minute or two more. Serve immediately with the leftover tomato gravy for dipping.

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