Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Best Meat Loaf Ever!

I love the Pioneer Woman and how she has brought back the fun to cooking.
I made her meatloaf last night and it was perfect. 

2 lbs of good ground meat
6 slices of white bread
1 cup of milk
4 eggs
1 c. of Parmesan cheese shredded
1/3 cup of chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
1/4 t. of season salt
3/4 t. of kosher salt
1 t. of fresh ground black pepper
For the Top of the meat loaf so reserve
10 slices of good thick bacon

Soak the bread in the milk while you are getting the rest together.
Mix the eggs then in a large bowl place everything including the milk soaked bread.  Make two free form loaves.  Place them on top of your broiler pan with the bottom pan being lined with foil to prevent a messing disaster.  Cut your bacon in half and lay 10 half strips on top of each meat loaf.  Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour and 15 minutes.  Check with an internal thermometer, 160 degrees.  Remove and let rest for about 5 minutes.  It will smell so good!
I make two loaves so they cook faster.  You can also make them into 1/2 cup balls, flatten slightly and place 2 half pieces of bacon over the top and they will cook even faster.  I made bake potatoes in the oven so I new I had time since they take about an hour.

This makes great leaf overs for lunch the next day and great sandwiches. 

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