Meatloaf is a staple in my house. We have it for dinner at least twice a month so I really wanted to try something new. Although we love the classic meatloaf, I wanted to take it to a whole new level and make it something awesome that my kids are begging to eat.
There is nothing worse than making dinner and having one or more of my kids complain about it. So without further adieu, I bring you my bacon and mozzarella stuffed meatloaf and I hope you like it as much as we did. Please note that I did make this with my large family in mind but you can half this recipe to make a smaller meatloaf as well.
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 tbsp vegetable seasoning
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp parsley
1 pkg bacon
12 large chunks of mozzarella cheese (I used Saputo Mozzarellissima
2 tbsp ketchup
Preheat oven to 375°. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, vegetable seasoning, pepper, salt, garlic and, parsley until well combined and meat is sticking together well.
Dump the meat onto the cookie sheet covered in parchment paper and push it out to cover the sheet completely. Lay out the bacon slices across the entire length of the ground beef, then top off with the large chunks of cheese.
Once all of that is done, you roll it up the same way you would roll up a jelly roll, slowly until you reach the end. Place the seam side down on a baking sheet covered with foil or parchment paper and cook in the oven for 55-65 minutes. Use a thermometer to check to make sure that the meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 160° and add 5-7 minutes until it does. Mine was rather large and needed a little bit longer than I thought but if you half the recipe, 55 minutes should be plenty.
Do you think you would make this for your family?