Main Dishes

My Meatloaf Topped with Ketchup Brown Sugar Glaze & Bacon

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There must be a zillion meatloaf recipes out there, and I guess if I were looking at this particular recipe, but made a meatloaf I already liked, I would be hesitant to try it. That said, I have been making this particular meatloaf for the past 20 years. It doesn't have anything bizarre in it, no special preparations...it's just a really good meatloaf. You can choose to top it with the glaze and bacon, just the glaze, just ketchup, or if you prefer, nothing.

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2 lbs ground beef, 90% lean
1/2 lb ground pork (no pork sausage, just pork that has been grinded, no spices and should have some fat)
1/2 medium onion, chopped fine
1 small carrot, chopped fine
2 eggs, beaten
2 stalks celery, chopped fine
1/4 cup 2% or whole milk
1/2 cup bread crumbs, seasoned or not
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tsp salt
6 strips bacon, cut in half crosswise

Have a 13x9 pan lined with double tin foil ready to go, (if you are used to using a 9x5 loaf pan and want to use the bacon here, there will be too much fat and it will go over the sides of the pan). In a large bowl, put both meats and mix together with you hands so they are incorporated before you add the other ingredients . Add remainder of ingredients and mix thoroughly with your hands....should take a minute or two. Place the meatloaf in the pan and shape into a loaf. At this point, if you don't want to use a glaze or the glaze/bacon, bake in a 350 oven for 1 1/2 hours. I take either two pancake turners, or a pancake turner and a very large offset spatula to take meatloaf out of pan and onto a cutting board or plate. Let rest about 10 minutes before cutting. If you are using glaze, I use a brush to put the glaze on top and sides of meatloaf. If using glaze and bacon, glaze first, then starting at middle top of meatloaf, place one strip diagonally, then another strip diagonally on the other side and keep going. It doesn't need to be perfect, and even if it is, it may very well shift somewhat during baking. Brush remainder of glaze gently on top of the bacon. Bake at 350 for 1 1/2 hours.

Ketchup Glaze
1/3/cup ketchup
3 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp dry mustard

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk or fork.
Have a 13x9 pan lined with double tin foil ready to go, (if you are used to using a 9x5 loaf pan and want to use the bacon here, there will be too much fat and it will go over the sides of the pan). In a large bowl, put both meats and mix together with you hands so they are incorporated before you add the other ingredients . Add remainder of ingredients and mix thoroughly with your hands....should take a minute or two. Place the meatloaf in the pan and shape into a loaf. At this point, if you don't want to use a glaze or the glaze/bacon, bake in a 350 oven for 1 1/2 hours. I take either two pancake turners, or a pancake turner and a very large offset spatula to take meatloaf out of pan and onto a cutting board or plate. Let rest about 10 minutes before cutting. If you are using glaze, I use a brush to put the glaze on top and sides of meatloaf. If using glaze and bacon, glaze first, then starting at middle top of meatloaf, place one strip diagonally, then another strip diagonally on the other side and keep going. It doesn't need to be perfect, and even if it is, it may very well shift somewhat during baking. Brush remainder of glaze gently on top of the bacon. Bake at 350 for 1 1/2 hours.
Nutritions

Calories
1119

Sodium
2463mg
102% DV

Fat
61g
94% DV

Protein
71g
143% DV

Carbs
54g
18% DV

Fiber
7g
29% DV

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