Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pioneer Woman’s Favorite Meatloaf


I’m always intrigued when bloggers indicate their recipe as their “favorite”. To me, if it’s your favorite, your search for the "perfect" recipe is over. I’ve tried a lot of Ree’s recipes over the years, and I was especially excited to try her favorite meatloaf. My DB loves meatloaf, but his favorite is using McCormick’s Meatloaf seasoning packet. In trying to stay true to cleaner eating (and knowing exactly all the ingredients going into our bodies), I am constantly on the search for a meatloaf made with ingredients I am familiar with and are (relatively) healthy.

Her meatloaf has the traditional ingredients (ground beef, seasonings, parsley), but uses milk-drenched bread to keep it moist. She then wraps slices of bacon around the meatloaf (for flavor and added moistness), and tops it off with a sweet mixture of ketchup and brown sugar glaze. I personally think anything tastes better with ketchup!

While I finally found my favorite meatloaf recipe, this is a good one to throw in the mix. I would definitely recommend grating your own parmesan cheese, and don’t skimp on the glaze. Round this meal out with some roasted potatoes, fresh greens, and a salad- and you’ve got yourself a hearty meal.

Pioneer Woman’s Favorite Meatloaf

Ingredients:
Meatloaf

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 slices white bread(I used whole wheat bread)
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup (heaping) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ tsp seasoned salt
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 10 slices thin/regular bacon(I only used 7-8 slices)

Sauce

  • 1-1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • Tabasco, to taste (I used 10 squirts)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes.
3. Place the ground beef, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, seasoned salt, salt, black pepper, and parsley in a large mixing bowl.
4. Pour in beaten eggs.
5. With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined.
6. Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a broiler pan, which will allow the fat to drain. (Line the bottom of the pan with foil to avoid a big mess!)
7. Lay bacon slices over the top, tucking them underneath the meatloaf.
8. Make the Sauce:Add ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and hot sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir together.
9. Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the bacon. Spread with a spoon.
10. Bake for 45 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top.
11. Bake for another 15 minutes.
12. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.

Source: Pioneer Woman

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