Paradise by the Bacon Wrapped Light

Ma, the meatloaf! We want it now! I always thought the hubby was just quoting Wedding Crashers at me for fun. He does that. It’s his thing. Turns out he was dropping a subtle hint.

Ew, Gross.

I know what you’re thinking. Meatloaf is pretty much just a giant rectangle meatball. What is there not to love?  The consistency. The texture. The taste. The fact that it does not taste like a meatball should.

Perhaps I just hadn’t met the right one yet.

I had 2lbs of ground turkey meat that was hogging up prime real estate in my freezer. So I  took to Pinterest in search of a meatloaf recipe that might convert me. I saw bacon and I almost dropped my iPad. SOLD!

Bacon really is the duct tape of the food world. It makes everything taste better, including meatloaf.

Individual Bacon Wrapped Turkey Meatloaf
Recipe adapted from Self Proclaimed Foodie

Serves 6

I made some tweaks due to pickinness and ingredient availability.

  • 1½ lbs of ground turkey
  • 2 small white onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
    (easier to remove later)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ cup of ketchup
  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard.
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs
  • 6 strips of bacon

Preheated oven to 350. Lined my two mini-cookie sheets with foil.   Melted 1 tablespoon of butter to cook my first chopped onion for 5 mins then added garlic for another 2.

In my trusty mixing bowl I dumped in the turkey, egg, crumbs milk, Worcestershire, Random mix of dried herbs and the warm onions. Then i did the gross mixing of the meat stuff with my hands.  There may have been screams of “Ew ew ew”. It feels gross. Sorry.

Once mixed, shape those suckers into little burger like patty shapes. Wrap each with bacon and gingerly set them on the foiled pans.

Mix the ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar in a bowl. Then spoon mixture on the top of each little loaf.  Top each with some of the fried onions you made earlier. If you are not me, you would have read the original recipe and set aside some onions. This is why I used 2 onions. I had to diced and fry a second one. Oops.

I let these suckers bake for the full 1 hour and 15 minutes. My apartment smelled ridiculously good. They tasted even better!

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