I don’t do a lot of guest posts so it seems a bit strange to have the 2nd one in two weeks. But there are good reasons. One is a local friend who needed help while on vacation (wait…help while on vacation…is that even possible?) and today I’m helping someone whose time and energy are focused on her family after her father-in-law had both a heart attack and a stroke. Times like this are when family priorities are a given and friends need to be there so Rachel, I’m honored you asked me to do a post for you and your blog. You just take care of you and your family.
As I share on the post on Rachel’s site, I haven’t made meatloaf for a while now. Now that I’ve tried this updated version of a long time favorite I think I’ll be putting this on my menu more often. A bit of sweet and spicy using Mae Ploy Sweet Chilli Sauce made it a brand new recipe for me and it was a great update. It’s easy, it’s got a bit of spice and did I mention it was easy? I firmly believe that even the encouragement of strangers can uplift us when we need it most. I just wish I could deliver this to her in real life but I’m hoping that even this virtual effort will bring a measure of the comfort that meatloaf is synonymous with.
Meatloaf with Bacon and Mae Ploy Sweet Chilli Sauce
1 hr, 25
An old-fashioned meat loaf updated with some bacon and a sweet/spicy sauce.
For the Meatloaf
- 4-6 slices bacon
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup chopped carrot
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 eggs, mixed in a bowl with a fork
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/2 cup Mae Ploy Sweet Chilli Sauce
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
For the Glaze
- 1/4 cup Mae Ploy Sweet Chilli Sauce
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Brown bacon in large skillet until browned, drain slices on paper towels, cool and crumble.
- Mix all ingredients including crumbled bacon together until just thoroughly combined. Do not over mix.
- Form into oval loaf shape approximately 6? X 10? rectangle and place on a metal cooling rack placed on top of a foil lined baking sheet.
- Bake until meat is cooked to 165 degrees internal temperature; approximately 1 hour.
- Remove the meat loaf from the oven, brush the top thoroughly with additional Mae Ploy sauce and return to the over for approximately 10 minutes or until internal temperature is 170 degrees.
- Let cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.