I absolutely love Ree from the Pioneer Woman.
I think that we would probably be friends if we lived close to each other.
We would share recipes and laugh over the silly things that Charlie does.
I also absolutely love her cookbooks.
Every recipe that I make from them is exceptional.
Good, comforting food.
That's what she is all about.
I've made this recipe a few times and it gets better every single time I make it.
Yes it is meatloaf--but not school cafeteria meatloaf.
This meatloaf is so full of flavor that you can't even believe that you are eating meatloaf.
(If that makes sense!!)
The Pioneer Woman's Meatloaf
(recipe from Pioneer Woman)
1 cup Whole Milk
6 slices White Bread
2 pounds Ground Beef
1 cup (heaping) Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
3/4 teaspoons Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/3 cup Minced Flat-leaf Parsley
4 whole Eggs, Beaten
10 slices Thin/regular Bacon
For the sauce:
1-1/2 cup Ketchup
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
Tabasco To Taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes.
Place the ground beef, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, seasoned salt, salt, black pepper, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in beaten eggs.
With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined. Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a broiler pan, which will allow the fat to drain. (Line the bottom of the pan with foil to avoid a big mess!)
Lay bacon slices over the top, 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 for 45 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes.
Slice and serve with remaining sauce.