After 20 years of experimenting, I think I've finally nailed meatloaf. The keys are to make it really thin on an cookie sheet and layer the bacon on top.
How long does this take?
About an hour and fifteen minutes. 10 minutes or so to saute the vegetables and pull all the ingredients together. A little less than an hour to bake and a little time to rest before serving.
- 1/2 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 1 lb Ground Meat (I usually use Whole Food's Meatloaf mix, which is beef/pork/veal, but you can use straight hamburger as well)
- 1 Egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
- 1/2 tsp Garlic
- 1 Onion, minced
- 1 Carrot, peeled and minced
- Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper
- 6 slices Bacon
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Assemble the ingredients
- Saute the onion, carrot and garlic for a couple of minutes. (This makes a big difference in flavor!)
- Mix together all the ingredients except bacon in a big bowl. Mush it together with your hands.
- Put the mix on a baking sheet covered with foil (or other liner we use Silpat). Shape it into a flat loaf, roughly square that's about 1/2 inch thick (about the thickness of a hamburger).
- Lay the strips of bacon over the loaf
- Cook at 350 for 50-55 minutes or so
- Let rest for a few minutes after taking it out of the oven
Key success factors:
1. Make sure the loaf is pretty thin, and of even thickness
2. Saute the vegetables before putting them into the mix
I hope this works for you!