Mama’s Meatloaf Wrapped in Bacon

By on May 9, 2020

Bacon Wrapped MeatloafEverything Old, is new again. Including this time-honored recipe for meatloaf from the time when conserving meat was simply a fact of life.
Now, however, we find ourselves in a new age when meats are again scarce. And our yearning for meatloaf is still with us.

Why not do what mama did. Add bread crumbs to the meat loaf to fluff it up and make a pound of meat go further. Slather that meatloaf with a few slices of bacon and you have a feast suitable for a Queen.

That one pound of meat will easily feed eight people. Yes. Now that’s what we call a poor woman’s feast. Go.

Makes one large loaf which will easily feed eight and up to a dozen or so hungry diners
1-pound hamburger meat
1/1/2 cups dried bread crumbs
½ cup yellow onion, peeled and diced
½ cup milk
1 large egg
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon fresh or dried parsley leaves, finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the topping:
¼ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
6 or so slices of bacon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl, combine all meatloaf ingredients except toppings. Squish together with your hands and then form into an oblong loaf.
Place the loaf on a baking sheet with sides. Mix the topping ingredients and slather onto the meatloaf. Coat with sheets of bacon.
Bake about 55 minutes. Cool ten minutes then serve, cut into thick slices.
Next day for lunch you can make a wonderful meat ball sandwich for yourself. Yum!

About Linda Eckhardt

Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”