If you stay around the Bahorich home long enough, you’ll quickly find out that my husband is a bacon lover. He would eat bacon with every meal if I did not hate cooking it so much. Bacon honestly can be enjoyed at any meal, and so from my husband’s annual birthday dinner, I wanted to make a special twist on his favorite dish: meatloaf.
I found a great recipe on Pinterest from the Self Proclaimed Foodie and adapted it a bit to what I did or didn’t have in my pantry. Meatloaf only happens about once a year around here so the other day, I rolled up my sleeves and made a meal special for my prince. It did take a bit of time (and with a toddler attempting to dig through the trash, that didn’t help); however, I think it turned out very yummy. As my husband would state, meatloaf plus bacon is amazing – it is one of the best comfort foods, after all.
I paired it with my famous and favorite sweet potatoes and added some asparagus and cucumbers on the side. It was a great and colorful meal to end the celebratory day! I would highly recommend checking out the Self Proclaimed Foodie blog. There are so many good recipes over there!
- 1 medium sized onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup crumbled wheat crackers
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 6 bacon slices
- ½ cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
- ½ cup fried onion pieces
- Preheat oven or grill to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil for easy clean up.
- Melt butter in saute pan over medium heat. Cook onions until fragrant and slightly brown while stirring occasionally, about 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add garlic, cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
- In large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, cracker crumbs, milk, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, basil, parsley, black pepper, and cooked onions and garlic mix. Use hands to mix well, but try not to over work the meat. Divide into six equal sized portions and shape into disks.
- Wrap bacon slices around edge of disks. Diameter of meatloaf should be so that the bacon ends just meet or slightly overlap.
- In a separate bowl, combine ketchup with mustard and brown sugar. Divide equally and spread over the tops of the mini meatloaves. Sprinkle tops with crispy fried onions.
- Bake in preheated oven or grill until bacon is just golden, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.