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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Bacon and Cheese Meatloaf

My husband doesn't normally like meatloaf, but add bacon and cheese and he actually starts requesting it. You could use turkey bacon if you wanted, just make sure you check the labels. Depending on your dietary requirements, regular bacon might be more what you are looking for. the brands I compared had higher sodium contents than regular bacon. I prefer to get the center cut because it seems to have less fat on it, but the beauty of cooking yourself is you can use whatever you want.  A lot of times I'll cook up something and do have of it with extra cheese or bacon for him (like the slice below) and less for me.  Simple little things like that really help when trying to accommodate two different diets.  I usually serve this with some steamed broccoli (buttered for him and plain for me) and maybe dinner rolls.


    3 minced cloves garlic
    3 diced plum tomatoes
    1 diced jalapeno pepper (leave in seeds for a hotter taste)
    1 cup breadcrumbs
    1 pound ground turkey
    1/4 cup barbecue sauce plus two tablespoons
    1/2 cup chopped onions
    6 slices centercut bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
    1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine the diced tomatoes, jalapeno, garlic, breadcrumbs, ground turkey and 1/4 cup of the barbecue sauce in a large bowl.
    In a saute pan, cook the bacon and onions until the bacon is crispy. Drain well on paper towels.
    Line a bread pan with foil. Put half of the meat mixture in the bottom of the pan, creating a depression running down the center of the loaf. Fill the depression with the bacon mixture and half of the cheese. Cover with the remaining meat mixture, ensuring that the bacon and cheese are sealed in.
    Bake covered for 30 minutes. Top with the remaining barbecue sauce and cheese, bake for another five minutes or until the cheese is melted.
    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 4
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 393.0
    • Total Fat: 15.0 g
    • Cholesterol: 97.5 mg
    • Sodium: 851.0 mg
    • Total Carbs: 31.0 g
    • Dietary Fiber: 2.5 g
    • Protein: 33.5 g


  1. This is an awesome twist to meatloaf! I would love to try this!

  2. Thanks, it's one of our favorites!