Makes 6 to 8 servings

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

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