Meatloaf with Smoked Cheddar, Bacon and Jalapeno

Ok people, for most of us it is REALLY FREAKING COLD out there. Way below freezing temperatures, snow, ice and wind are the norm. Brr. You know what makes all of that feel better? Meatloaf. Ok, not only meatloaf, things like stew, chili and mac and cheese are other options. But frankly, meatloaf is king.

Warm and comforting, straight out of the old school food manual, meatloaf does a body good. Ok, it isn’t the healthiest thing in the world. So kill me. I did my best to lighten this recipe up by using 90% lean ground sirloin. Then I added some bacon and cheese. Oops. All things in moderation I suppose.

I used this recipe from epicurious as my base, but made a few changes. I have to say, this hit the spot. The smoked cheddar and bacon add richness and a smoky backdrop and the jalapeno contributes some spice. The perfect way to warm up a freezing cold night. Oh, and some hot cocoa for dessert helps too.

*Please note: A slice of meatloaf is hideously un-photogenic. My apologies for this picture.

Meatloaf with Smoked Cheddar, Bacon and Jalapeno

1.5 lbs. ground beef (I used 90% lean)
About 4 slices of good bacon, cut into 3/4″ inch strips
2 eggs, beaten
1 minced jalapeno (I kept in the seeds and ribs, remove if you prefer less spice)
1/4 of a large onion or 1/2 of a small one
1/4 bread crumbs (I used whole wheat)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1/3 – 1/2 cup cubed smoked cheddar

1.) Preheat oven to 325°.
2.) Partially cook the bacon in a small pan over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, until it is just starting to crisp. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and let it drain on some paper towels.
3.) Transfer the bacon to a large mixing bowl and add in all the other ingredients. Mix until just combined (you don’t want to over mix the meat to make it tough).
4.) Put the mixture into a standard 8-inch loaf pan and bake. At 45 minutes check it and if the internal temperature 150° you’re done. If not, put it back in for up to 1 hour.
5.) Allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing.

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8 Responses to Meatloaf with Smoked Cheddar, Bacon and Jalapeno

  1. Janice says:

    Another yummy way to incorporate bacon into your meatloaf is to form the meat into a loaf shape (not in a loaf pan) and put it on a shallow sheet pan, and drape raw bacon over the outside of the meatloaf lengthwise in slices. It’s cooks in the oven, and saves dirtying a pan!

  2. Malcolm says:

    Now we’re getting somewhere. This will officially be Our Next Meatloaf. Thanks for posting it!

  3. jillian says:

    ha! I was just going to post that malcolm will love this. he beats me every time.

  4. fore front says:

    this actually looks delicious.

  5. Shannon says:

    Smoked cheddar, bacon, jalapeno… three of my most favoritest things. WIN.

  6. Sues says:

    Meatloaf with bacon, cheese, and jalapeno sounds like heaven to me. Just WOW.

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