- 1 cup Whole Milk (I use whatever I have in the refrigerator.)
- 6 Slices White Bread (I use whatever I have on hand.)
- 2 pounds Ground Beef (I use 1 lb. ground pork or turkey + 1 lb. hamburger.)
- 1 heaping cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon Seasoned Salt, like Lawry’s
- 3/4 teaspoon Salt
- Freshly Ground Pepper
- 1/3 cup Minced Flat-leaf parsley (I use dried parsley.)
- 4 whole eggs, Beaten
- 10 slices Thin/regular Bacon (I find it easier to wrap if slices cut in 1/2.)
- 1-1/2 cup Ketchup
- 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
- Tabasco to Taste (I use hot sauce.)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Pour milk over bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes.
- Place the meat, milk-soaked bread, cheese, seasoned salt, salt, black pepper and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in beaten eggs.
- Mix the ingredients until well combined. (I often make in advance and put in the refrigerator.)
- Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a broiler pan, which allows the fat to drain. (Line the bottom with foil to avoid a mess.)
- Lay bacon slices over the top of the loaf, tucking them underneath the meatloaf.
- Make the sauce: add ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and hot sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir together.
- Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the bacon. Spread with a spoon.
- Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Then, pour 1/3 of the sauce over the top.
- Bake another 15 minutes. (I broil for 3-5 minutes to crisp the top.)
- Slice and serve with the remaining 1/3 of the sauce.
Serve with mashed potatoes, green or baked beans, crusty bread and a toasted green salad. Enjoy!
Modified to fit my family’s tastes from: The Pioneer Woman by Ree