Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf: AKA Awesome in a Dish

There are a lot of meatloaf recipes on the internet. And I mean A LOT. Google Meatloaf recipe. Go on, I’ll wait. Yeah, over 1.5 Million hits. So why am I adding another one to the search results? Because it’s amazing. That’s why. You know me, I’m all about amazing.

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Recipe Origins:

I came up with this recipe while reading a few others. I mean, I’ve made meatloaf before. It’s not like it’s exactly a difficult dish, right? I used to get a packet of meatloaf seasoning and go to town. I’ve made meatloaf with ranch seasoning, and it turned out delicious, but it wasn’t great enough that I wasn’t still looking for ideas. Then the mister found a recipe for bacon wrapped meatloaf. But it called for ketchup and barbecue sauce. Now, I like both of those, but I’m not big on either of them. So that recipe wouldn’t quite work either. So why not make my own version using all of the elements from different recipes that I really enjoy, and omitting the parts I wasn’t really a fan of?

Ta-da! A meatloaf is born.

There’s something I’ve always done a little bit different than most recipes. I don’t use ketchup. To me, it is the worst possible thing you can do, to slather tomato goop on top of the meat and then bake it until it’s a gooey crust. Yuck.

I much prefer to top my meatloaf with a bit of brown, beef, or mushroom gravy instead. Now that’s the good stuff. So instead of squirting this meatloaf full of ketchup and barbecue sauce, I’ve opted to flavor the meat with a ranch dip seasoning packet, and roasted garlic breadcrumbs.

Ooey-gooey Goodness

Gooey is not good (see ketchup above), but ooey-gooey? You know we’re talking cheese here, right? That can only be good. And this meatloaf is stuffed full of melty cheddar. Paired with a side of mashed cauliflower, how can you go wrong?

Putting it All Together Into a Meatloaf:

I use garlic seasoned breadcrumbs, but you can use any kind you like. I’m a garlicy kinda gal. But I measure it on a food scale because I don’t want any more carbs going into this thing than strictly necessary.

I always try to get all my ingredients together before I get started. And no, it’s not just because it makes a pretty picture.

Meatloaf

Even though it totally does.

It just makes it easier to have everything within reach and make sure you’re not forgetting anything before you get started and have to open the fridge with raw hamburger on your hands. Yuck. No one wants you touching the fridge like that.

Toss It All Together

The beauty of a meatloaf is that almost all of the ingredients go into a bowl and get mushed together. Simple as can be. This one takes two eggs, breadcrumbs, two pounds of meat, and a packet of ranch dip mix.

This is where it gets tricky…

I say tricky, but it’s actually easier than I anticipated! You just lay out the bacon strips across the bottom and sides of the loaf pan, and then start layering meat and cheese.

I topped it off with three more slices of bacon, then folded the ends over and popped it in the oven.

After a flip and another 20 minutes, this was the amazing result. It was SO good. We paired it with a side of mashed cauliflower. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed meatloaf so much since we first started this whole low-carb thing!

Oh yeah. Gimme some of that.

Nutrition Facts
Not Your Mama's Meatloaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 463 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 694mg 29%
Potassium 17mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 15%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed, ranch meatloaf.
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Course Main
Cuisine Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 100 grams Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 packet Ranch Dip Mix
  • 12 slices Bacon
  • 6 slices Mild Cheddar Cheese
Course Main
Cuisine Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
Slices
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 100 grams Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 packet Ranch Dip Mix
  • 12 slices Bacon
  • 6 slices Mild Cheddar Cheese
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, and ranch dip mix in a large bowl. Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Separate meat mixture into thirds.
  4. Using 6 slices of bacon, overlap the slices across the width of a loaf pan. Overlap another 3 slices of bacon across the length of the loaf pan.
  5. Press 1/3 meat mixture into bottom of pan. Top meat with 3 slices of cheese. Spread another 1/3 of meat mixture over cheese. Top with another 3 slices of cheese. Spread remaining meat over cheese.
  6. Cover top of meatloaf with remaining 3 slices of bacon. Fold ends of bacon over each other so they all lay flat.
  7. Bake in oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and turn meatloaf over in pan. Bake another 20 minutes.
  8. Allow meat to rest 5 minutes. Slice and serve.
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  1. Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double-beatloaf. I hate meatloaf. lol! Using Garlic bread crumbs is genius! I add mushrooms to my turkey loaf to retain moisture

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