Savory Stuffed Meat Loaf
This moist, veggie and bacon-seasoned meat loaf boasts a center filled with a savory bread stuffing.
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
2 strips of smoked bacon, chopped
1/2 cup milk
1 large egg
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cups soft bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Combine ground beef, chopped strips of bacon, milk, egg, dry bread crumbs, salt, dry mustard, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, and garlic powder. Spread about two-thirds of the mixture into an ungreased loaf pan, pressing the mixture up the sides of the pan to within 3/4-inch of the top.
- Melt butter in a skillet; cook chopped onion and chopped celery until soft. Remove from the heat and stir in soft bread crumbs, salt, sage, thyme, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper.
- Spoon the stuffing mixture in the pan and then top with the remaining meat mixture, covering the stuffing completely.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 1 hour and 10 minutes; drain and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.
Makes 8 servings.