cheese-stuffed bacon-wrapped meatloaf

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
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By Susan Bickta
from Kutztown, PA

A local micro-brewpub has a wonderful meatloaf on their menu. This is my version of their delicious dish. The French fried onions give this meatloaf a wonderful onion taste and wrapping the meatloaf in bacon makes it so moist and flavorful. I hope you'll try it!!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is how you make meatloaf night spectacular. When you cut into the oniony and moist meatloaf and find the gooey cheese, it's a nice surprise. The bacon is nice and crisp once baked. If you need a meal that'll feed a family, add this meatloaf to your menu.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
serves 6-8
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr 55 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For cheese-stuffed bacon-wrapped meatloaf

  • 1 1/4 lb
    80/20 ground beef
  • 1 1/4 lb
    90/10 ground beef
  • 1 c
    Panko bread crumbs
  • 1
    envelope beefy onion dry soup mix
  • 2 lg
    eggs
  • 1 c
    French fried onions
  • 1/2 c
    water
  • 1/4 c
    ketchup
  • 4
    Colby Jack cheese sticks (from a 10 ounce pkg)
  • 1 lb
    hickory smoked bacon, uncooked
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How To Make cheese-stuffed bacon-wrapped meatloaf

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13X9-inch baking pan with non-stick aluminum foil. Set aside.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, Panko, dry soup mix, eggs, French fried onions, water, and ketchup. Mix well with hands.
  • 3
    Form into a "football" shape loaf and place in prepared baking pan.
  • 4
    Make a "trench" down the middle of the loaf. Place cheese sticks in the trench, breaking to fit.
  • 5
    Re-shape top of loaf covering cheese completely with meat.
  • 6
    Cover all exposed meat with bacon.
  • 7
    Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until done and internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before serving.
  • 8
    Garnish slices with additional French fried onions if desired and serve with your favorite barbeque sauce on the side.
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