Meatloaf is a classic comfort-food staple in our household, especially during fall and winter. But why not kick it up another notch and wrap your meatloaf with bacon and stuff it with cheese? Ah yes! This bacon-wrapped meatloaf with cheese recipe is sure to please. The bacon keeps the meatloaf moist along with the extra ingredients in the meatloaf itself.
Kick it up again by cooking it in a smoker rather than in the oven. My husband did just this for Thanksgiving and the bacon-wrapped meatloaf with cheese was the highlight of our feast. Cut into thick slices and serve on a burger bun with extra cheese and gravy if you like.
Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with Cheese Recipe
1 tbsp olive oil
1 ½ cups mushrooms, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried marjoram
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp Worchestershire sauce or Coconut Aminos (soy-free)
2 lbs AAA or prime rib beef
1-2 tbsp breadcrumbs (optional)
1 package bacon
1 cup cheddar, thick slices
In a pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, oregano, marjoram, basil, salt and pepper and saute for about 5 minutes or until soft. Allow to cool.
Once cool, add veggies to the Vitamix and blend until becomes a puree.
In a large bowl, add the beef and add the veggie puree, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce (or Coconut Aminos), and egg. Mix well with wooden spoon or hands. If too sticky, add some breadcrumbs.
Line counter with a large sheet of parchment paper and form a large rectangle evenly. Add cheddar cheese slices in the centre. Take sides of parchment paper and roll meatloaf, pressing down so that ground beef connects.
On another sheet of parchment paper, line about 5-6 slices of bacon horizontally with fatty sides facing one direction. Take another slice of bacon and begin to weave vertically, over and under the horizontal slices. Continue until you create a rectangle about 5-6 slices long and wide to cover the meatloaf.
Then, take the meatloaf and place in basket weave. Wrap the meatloaf from both sides with the bacon, stretching slightly.
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