Meat Loaf topped with Savory Sauce and Bacon

Meat loaf. Or is it meatloaf? Either way, it’s a flashback to my childhood and my mother’s meatloaf, topped with ketchup and bacon. Baked in the oven, with potatoes alongside. She put a nail in the potatoes to cook them evenly, and dried the potatoes so the skin would be crackling-crispy. We’d cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the soft flesh, and butter and season the insides of that cracking skin. The texture and flavor was so good, and we had the bonus of the buttered insides to soak up the juice from the meat loaf.

I haven’t made meat loaf in years, and just got a craving for it. I added some chopped onion and shredded carrot, mixed in a beaten egg and some seasonings. I had enough for two loaves, and made a savory sauce with some unusual ingredients. Topped it off with bacon, and let everything bake until the meat loaf was cooked, the bacon was crisp, and the sauce was…delicious.

Mashed potatoes and broccoli rounded out the meal. It was everything I’d been hoping for, and I had one to put in the freezer for a fast dinner or two at a later date.

Meat Loaf topped with Savory Sauce and Bacon

2 lbs ground beef, 80/20

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup finely diced onion

1/4 cup shredded carrot

1 teaspoon Everglades seasoning (or the seasoning of your choice)

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

8 strips bacon

1/2 cup ketchup

3 T duck sauce

3 T Weber’s horseradish mustard (or mustard of your choice)

3 T hot Chinese mustard (mine was leftover from our Chinese takeout)

Combine the beaten egg, onion, carrot, Everglades seasoning, and pepper. Add ground beef and combine, taking care not to overwork the beef. Divide meat loaf mixture into two loaf pans.

In a small bowl, mix together ketchup, mustards, and duck sauce. Divide and spread evenly over meat loaf. Top each loaf with 4 strips of bacon.

Bake at 350 degrees until done, about one hour. The bacon should be fully cooked and crisp on the edges. Remove from oven and slice. Serve with baked or mashed potatoes, and green beans or broccoli. Delicious, and a throwback to simpler times!

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