This is a really good recipe. Why? Because who doesn’t like bacon wrapped on anything?
The original recipe is from Williams-Sonoma Essential for Roasting but I changed it up a little bit. Try it out and let me know what you think!
2 large yellow Onions (sliced 1/3″ thick)
2 Tbl EVOO
1/2 cup celery hearts (finely chopped)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 lb ground beef sirloin (this is where I changed it up a bit)
1/2 lb ground turkey
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 cup dried Progresso bread crumbs
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf Italian parsley (chopped)
1 large egg
1 Tbl Worcester sauce
1 Tbl red wine vinegar
1 tsp dried mustard
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp Italian herb seasonings
6 – 7 thick slices of bacon
Preheat oven to 375
Line an 11″ x 7.5″ x2″ baking pan with aluminum foil
Arrange one (1) sliced onions along the bottom of the lined pan, sort of like a rack to keep the meatloaf above the juices
Chop the remaining onion
In a frying pan over med-low heat, warm the EVOO and add the onions and celery hearts, toss to coat
Cover and cook until veggies are softened, stir occasionally (do NOT let them color)
Uncover add the garlic and cook for one (1) minute longer
Remove from heat and let cook for a few minutes
In a large bowl, combine the cool onion mixture and all other ingredients (except for the bacon!) and mix all ingredients until evenly distributed
Take a loaf pan (8.5″ x 4.5″ x 2.5″) line with plastic wrap and lay the bacon slices side by side, length wise with bacon end hanging over the sides, spoon the meat/onion mixture into loaf pan, pack it (you can’t have enough bacon, by the way…)
Once packed, fold the ends of the bacon over the top. I like to use a wooden toothpick and lace it to keep the bacon firmly around the “meat loaf” but I remove before I serve (don’t forget to remove them if you use them)
Invert the pan over the onion rack in the baking pan.
Peel the plastic from the meat.
Roast until a thermo registers 180 F at center of loaf (cook time about 1 hr 30 mins)
Remove bacon-wrapped meat loaf from oven, let cool for about 15 – 20 minutes
Transfer meat to carving board (this is when I flip and remove the toothpicks) and slice it up.
Serve. Enjoy. (I like it with ketchup).