Sweet Ketchup-and-Bacon-Topped Meat Loaf

For special occasions, make it with 1 pound each ground beef and ground veal and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, chives, or parsley substituted for dried Italian seasoning.


Makes 6 to 8 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living


2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup soft breadcrumbs
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
4 bacon slices
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup molasses


Stir together ground beef, breadcrumbs, and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Shape into a 10- x 4-inch loaf; place in a lightly greased aluminum foil-lined 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan.

Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Arrange bacon slices over top of loaf. Stir together brown sugar, ketchup, and molasses; spread mixture evenly over meat loaf.

Bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until meat is no longer pink in center. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.