It’s been quite chilly outside, even for us in Los Angeles, and nothing tastes better than a hearty meal to warm your bones. Meatloaf is a favorite dish of the family with beefy comforting flavors, that are perfect for this time of the year. Meatloaf can be made in a million different ways and I like to play with the flavors every now and then, so this time it’s bacon.
To make the meatloaf, I start with 100% ground organic beef and added a few herbs and spices and wrapped it in bacon for a porky kick. The bacon keeps the beef moist and creates an outer crunch that is absolutely wonderful. You can serve it with baked potatoes or my favorite, baked sweet potatoes for a complete heart warming meal that is truly irresistible. This is true comfort food!
2 pounds organic beef
1 white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
1 large egg
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon black pepper
10 slices thick cut bacon, no nitrates preferably
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a saute pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, diced onion and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes and add the Worcestershire, tomato paste and 1/3 cup water. Stir to combine and continue to cook for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and let the mixture cool.
2. In a large bowl, add the beef, Italian seasoning, egg, breadcrumbs, mustard, salt and the slightly cooled onion mixture. Using your hands, gently fold the ingredients together and shape into a 9 x 5 loaf. Place the meatloaf on a parchment or silpat lined sheet pan. In a small bowl, combine the dried thyme and black pepper. Sprinkle the herb blend over the top of the meatloaf.
3. Remove the bacon from any packaging and lay the strips across the meatloaf to cover. Tuck the ends under the meatloaf to secure.
4. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the bacon is deep golden brown and the internal temperature is 145 degrees. Remove from the oven and let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
5. Using two spatulas, place the meatloaf on a cutting board. Slice and serve with your favorite sides. Enjoy!