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Monday, November 19, 2012

Cheesy Bacon Meatloaf

 Meatloaf was on the menu frequently while I was growing up (probably because we always had ground beef around)...we ate it so much that I didn't look forward to eating it, EVER. It always tasted "the same" (no offence mom), nothing new, nothing different...just the same ol, same ol each and every time. Needless to say, meatloaf rarely makes its way to my menu BUT... I had a bunch of ground beef that needed to get used up and the first thing that came to mind to cook was...you guessed it...MEAT LOAF! I debated with myself as to whether I should make it or not, finally I decided that it would be "okay" if I shook it up a bit and made it "different" than the "traditional" meatloaf recipe.....I'M SO GLAD I DID! It will now be something I make more often...BUT NOT "TOO" OFTEN. The family raved about it and ate almost the entire pan full (pretty good for only having 3 people here), so I think I'm safe to say, "They ENJOYED IT".

Cheesy Bacon Meatloaf

2 lbs ground beef
1 "sleeve" club crackers, crushed to crumbs
5 eggs
1 1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 t. pepper
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. onion powder
3 T. barbecue sauce

1/2 lb bacon, cooked (still in strips)
1-2 c. grated cheese

Spray 1 large loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside. Combine ground beef, cracker crumbs, seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, and eggs in a medium mixing bowl. Using your HANDS (yes, your hands...BUT CLEAN HANDS) squish everything together until well combined. Place mixture into prepared loaf pan. Top with bacon strips (6-8). Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes (watch carefully so as to not burn or dry meatloaf out). Sprinkle cheese on top the last 10 minutes of baking, leaving meatloaf uncovered. Serve immediately. 



  1. I just found your blog and I'm enjoying reading all your great recipes :)

    Thanks for a new twist on an old favorite. My DH isn't too fond of meatloaf but this would be a good one to try on him. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Can I come live with you? You have the BEST recipes.