Anytime I have ever made the traditional meatloaf, in a loaf pan, it always falls apart. I tend to put lots of favor into my meatloaf and that usually causes the loaf to fall apart. Lots of favor means several wet ingredients that guarantee an awesome meatloaf. Since I had such a problem with the loaf part, I thought, why not make it into a ball/patty. They have never fallen apart and have stayed even more flavorful. An opinion of mine is to always add an alcohol… whiskey, vodka, beer…etc. I have tried all three and whiskey has been the best secret ingredient. It gives off a smoky note and adds a touch of sweetness. If you are worried about serving this to children, the alcohol will cook out so all should be fine. Also, always add ketchup! And add hot sauce to the ketchup! You’ll never go back to plain old meatloaf, again.
Mini Bacon Meatloaf
- 1 lb Ground beef (80/20) *if you use leaner beef, it may be drier than the recipe states
- 1/2 cup White onion (fine chopped)
- 2 Garlic cloves (grated)
- 2 tbsp Fresh parsley (chopped)
- S & P to taste
- 1/2 tsp Onion powder
- 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
- 3 tbsp ketchup (meat) 1/4 cup ketchup w/ 6 drops Hot sauce(topping)
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp Whiskey
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 cup Bread crumbs (store bought)
- 1 slice of White bread (grated)
- 4 pieces of Bacon
Preheat oven to 375° and cover a baking sheet with foil. Lightly spray with nonstick spray. Combine all ingredients except the additional ketchup with hot sauce mix and the bacon. Mix until all ingredient are combined. *if you over mix the meat, it will become dense.
Form the meatloaf mix into ball, about the size of a tennis ball. Slightly flatten the top and bottom. Wrap a piece of bacon around the outside. If the bacon over laps slightly, that is fine. If it doesn’t touch, you need to make the meatloaf ball larger. Place the meatloaf ball down on the baking sheet. With a brush, add the ketchup and hot sauce mix to the top. Add additional pepper to the top.
Bake the mini meatloaves for 40-50 minutes. During the baking process, if you wish to add more sauce to the tops, please do! Once they are ready, remove the pan from the oven and let them cool for about 5 minutes. This will allow them to set. Serve and enjoy! Try this recipe with ground turkey and/or turkey bacon.