Because everything is better with bacon.
The boyfriend is what you’d call a ‘meat and potatoes’ kind of guy. Growing up, he loved his mother’s meatloaf and it was the only dish he would tolerate mushrooms in. He HATES mushrooms, so this really says something!
When I decided I’d try making meatloaf myself, my only requirement was that the recipe didn’t call for
ketchup or tomato sauce to be slathered on top. The recipe I ended up settling for was found on – of all places – a website called Man Tested Recipes*. The man who submitted this recipe is named – you guessed it – Andrew. He’s apparently kind of a big deal because of this recipe. I chose it because it is covered with .. drum roll .. BACON. Fist pumps!
While bacon is delicious, it’s not the healthiest option. Which is why I decided to replace the ground pork in this recipe with ground chicken, and keep my fingers crossed that the meatloaf wouldn’t turn out dry.
Some Guy Named Andrew’s “Famous” (Bacon Topped) Meatloaf
- 1 lb regular ground beef
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 1/2 c bread crumbs
- 3 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce
- 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
- 3 Tbsp ketchup
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1/2 c mozzerella cheese, diced into small cubes
- 3 strips bacon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Mix all ingredients (except bacon) well in bowl. If you’re like me and hate handling raw meat, this is where rubber gloves come in handy!
- Form the mixture into a loaf pan, and lay strips of bacon over the top.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, until the meatloaf registers 160 degrees F on a thermometer.
- Let rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
The recipe said it made 6 servings, which I tend to be a bit skeptical about (given that Mr. “meat and potatoes” can eat a lot). Surprisingly, this fed us for 3 nights. Hooray!
*I can’t, for the life of me, find the Man Tested Recipes website or the original recipe anymore. When I search, I end up on All Recipes. Hmm.