A few weeks ago, I posted a recipe for bacon-wrapped meatloaf. While it had a good flavor, I’m not super happy with how not-crispy the bacon turned out.
In fact, let’s just call a spade a spade...nobody likes chewy bacon. Especially Bryan. So, as he was eating his dinner and he made a trip to the fridge to get the sugar-free BBQ sauce, I knew I had to play around with this recipe a bit. (FYI - Bryan only adds sauce if he’s trying to mask a flavor.)
And without the seasoned breadcrumbs that usually go in my meatloaf, I felt like it needed an extra little something. So, I went in for round 2.
Cheese. Who doesn’t love a little cheese-stuffing in their meatloaf? Broken-up string cheese seemed like a great idea for the stuffing.
Bacon. Instead of the basket-weave I tried with the first meatloaf, I tried using a bundt pan to wrap the bacon around a ring-shaped loaf. I was hoping this pan would allow me to drain some of the excess grease, as well as get the bacon more well-done.
The pan actually did nothing to help make the bacon crispier. What did help, however, was flipping the finished loaf onto a baking sheet and putting it under a broiler for about 8 minutes. BOOM! Beautiful, crispy bacon...on the top. The bacon on the bottom was still pale and chewy. So, while this recipe was much closer to a home run, I am going to try it one more time as a single loaf with the bacon basket-weave on the top only. Stay tuned! In the meantime, here is my recipe for Cheese-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf.
Line bundt pan with bacon slices, allowing half of slice to hang over pan edges.
In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except string cheese. Mix well.
Place half of meatloaf mixture in bottom of bacon-lined bundt pan.
Cut string cheese sticks in half. Press into meatloaf.
Add remaining meatloaf mixture on top of the cheese. Press down firmly and make sure all edges are pressed together.
Fold bacon slices over top of meatloaf and tuck in edges.
Bake at 350F for 1 hour 10 min.
Remove from oven. Drain excess grease. Flip meatloaf onto baking tray. Return to oven under HIGH broiler for 5-8 minutes, or until bacon is crispy.