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Bacon & Cheese Meat Loaf Recipe

Bacon & Cheese Meat Loaf Recipe

We created this recipe to convince my son to try meatloaf—adding blue cheese and bacon for flavor —and it works. —Lila Allen, Fallon, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or beef
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  • TOPPING:
  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives

Directions

  • 1. In a small skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add carrot and onion; cook and stir until tender. Cool slightly.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, crumbled bacon, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, seasonings and carrot mixture. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly.
  • 3. Shape into an 8x4-in. loaf in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  • 4. In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients; mix well. Pat onto meat loaf; let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Remove to a platter. Yield: 1 loaf (8 servings).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 469 calories, 31 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 190 mg cholesterol, 1,072 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 38 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.