Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Minis
So…how do you make meatloaf better? You wrap it in bacon of course! As the old saying goes, everything is better with bacon, and it couldn’t be truer with these tasty little creations. These bad boys are packed full of delicious flavor, so you may want to make a couple of batches so you’re sure to have enough for seconds. Or, even thirds! Seriously, they are that good.
Also, like with making meatballs, this is a great recipe for you and your kids to make together. They’ll have a lot of fun squishing all the ingredients together, and stuffing them into the muffin tins. I know I did when I was little. Well, any time grandma would let me in the kitchen to help that is. Kneading dough, mixing cake batter, and squishing up meatloaf ingredients was always my favorite.
Maybe it was because it was an excuse to get messy, but I also thought it was so cool to see how dinner was made. Even to this day, every time I sit down to a home cooked meal, I smile a little because I know it what effort went into it, and that it was made with love. I hope that one day I can pass that joy onto a child of my own.
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Cook Time (Min.)
1 lb. ground pork
1 lb. ground sirloin
1 mild Italian sausage link
1 pkg. bacon (I used apple smoked)
1 tsp. parsley, chopped
2 small yellow onions, chopped
1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
7 oz. beef stock
1 ½ tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
½ cup ketchup
3-4 tbsp. brown sugar (however sweet you like it)
¼ to ½ tsp. apple cider vinegar
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Soak your breadcrumbs in the beef stock, set aside.
3. Cook your bacon in a pan over high heat for 5 min. or until almost done. It will finish cooking in the oven.
4. Take off heat, and let cool.
5. While your bacon is cooling, chop up onions and toss into a mixing bowl.
6. Remove the casing from the sausage link, and toss the sausage in the bowl.
7. Add soaked breadcrumbs and remaining ingredients (except for the bacon!) to the mixing bowl also.
8. Use your hands to mix up the mixture. Set aside.
9. Spray your muffin pan with cooking spray.
10. Wrap one strip of bacon around the interior of each muffin hole.
11. Fill with meat mixture. It should reach the top of your muffin hole.
12. Mix sauce ingredients into a bowl. Careful with the apple cider vinegar, too much and it will be too tart. Add a little at a time of the sugar and vinegar, tasting as you go until you’re happy with the flavor.
13. Top each mini meatloaf with some sauce.
14. Bake for 30-45 min. About halfway through baking time add more sauce to the tops.
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