Put on your apron, roll back your sleeves, and get ready to mix, squeeze, and roll some good old-fashioned Pioneer Woman-Inspired Meatloaf. This simple dinner recipe layers basic ingredients like ground beef, eggs, milk, bread, Parmesan cheese, and parsley into a large mixing bowl, and all you have to do is dig in those hands, mix it all together, and shape it into an oblong, dome-shaped loaf. Afterward, thin strips of flavorful bacon are garnished across the top and then topped with a thick spread of tangy-sweet ketchup. While the meatloaf becomes succulent and juicy in the oven, you don't have anything more to do, except set your timer for one hour. This frees you up to prepare the rest of the meal, and, like a pioneer woman, you'll be whipping up bread, potatoes, and veggies by the time those hungry, hard-working cowboys and cowgirls are ready to come in from the range.
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Cooking Time1 hr
- For the Meatloaf:
- 6 slices white sandwich bread, including crusts
- 1 cup milk
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup minced flat-leaf parsley
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 slices thin cut bacon
- fresh ground black pepper
- For the Topping:
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- a few drops of Tabasco hot sauce to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 2-part broiler pan by lining the bottom pan with foil and spraying the top pan with cooking spray.
In a very large bowl, tear the bread into 1/2 inch pieces. Pour the milk over and add the eggs and beat until a smooth, wet mixture forms. Add the beef, cheese, and seasonings. Using your hands, squeeze and mix until everything is evenly distributed throughout.
Form into a loaf shape on the prepared broiler pan. Place strips of bacon crosswise and slightly overlapping on top of the loaf. Tuck the ends underneath.
Stir the ketchup, brown sugar, and seasonings together and spread evenly on top of the loaf. Bake for about 1 hour, or until loaf tests 150 degrees F in the center using a quick-read baking thermometer.
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