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Hungry Girl Today: 06.21.11
CHEW THE RIGHT THING
HG's Big Beef 'n Bacon Meatloaf
Meatloaf Gets Meatier!
Just because you've got a soft spot for Mom's meatloaf doesn't mean you can't try a new recipe... Our Big Beef 'n Bacon Meatloaf is where it's at!
6 slices center-cut bacon or turkey bacon
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 1/4 lbs. raw extra-lean ground beef
1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes
3 tbsp. hickory-flavored BBQ sauce, divided
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. ketchup
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove. Add bacon and cook until crispy, about 4 minutes per side. Remove bacon and, once cool enough to handle, chop or crumble. Set aside.
If needed, clean and dry skillet. Re-spray skillet and return to medium heat. Add mushrooms and onion. Stirring occasionally, cook until completely softened, 5 - 7 minutes. Remove from heat and, once cool enough to handle, blot away any excess moisture with paper towels. Transfer veggies to a large bowl. Add about three-fourths of the bacon, and set the rest aside for topping. To the bowl, add beef, tomatoes, 2 tbsp. BBQ sauce, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Mix thoroughly.
Transfer mixture to the loaf pan; if needed, smooth out the surface with the back of a spatula or spoon. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine ketchup with remaining tablespoon of BBQ sauce and mix well. Evenly top meatloaf with the BBQ-ketchup mixture and sprinkle with remaining bacon.
Bake in the oven until meatloaf is fully cooked, about 50 minutes.
Slice, serve, and enjoy!
MAKES 5 SERVINGS
Serving Size: 1 slice (1/5th of recipe)