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Meat Loaf

Photo: Maura McEvoy
Prep time 10 mins
Other time 40 mins
Yield 8 servings
This easy meat loaf recipe is topped with bacon for a unique twist on traditional meat loaf.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped with seeds
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce or ketchup
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 pounds meat-loaf mix (1 pound lean ground beef, 1/2 pound ground pork, 1/2 pound ground veal or lamb)
  • 4 strips thick-sliced bacon

Nutrition Information

  • calcium 72 mg
  • calories 341
  • caloriesfromfat 0 %
  • carbohydrate 14 g
  • cholesterol 141 mg
  • fat 19 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • iron 3 mg
  • protein 28 mg
  • satfat 6 g
  • sodium 951 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium skillet, over medium heat, heat the oil with the onion, celery, garlic, and jalapeño and cook until the vegetables are tender but not browned, about 10 minutes. Add the salt, cumin, and nutmeg. Remove from heat.

    In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, then blend in the milk, tomato sauce, and bread crumbs. Add the meat and cooked vegetables and stir or work with your hands to combine. Pat into a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Cut the bacon strips in half and lay over the loaf, tucking the ends in. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the meat loaf registers 150° F. Remove from oven and pour off the fat. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.