Monday, February 15, 2010

Mini Bacon-Wrapped, Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatloaves

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

1 pound of 90% lean ground beef (Sam's Club will have for around $2.09/lb when it's on sale)
1/2 cup of seasoned breadcrumbs
2 eggs
4-5 leaves of fresh sage ($.99 a tub at Joseph's Marketplace)
1/2 sweet onion
1/2 sweet bell pepper
1 carrot
1 clove garlic
a few shakes of Worscheshire Sauce
a squirt of dijon mustard
a squirt of ketchup
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

5-6 slices of Lean/Center Cut Bacon (or Turkey Bacon if you are trying to watch your weight) - I always buy my bacon at Sam's Club in bulk. I cut it open and separate into ziplock freezer bags & pop in them in the freezer. A 3lb package of center cut Hormel bacon is about $7 - which is VERY cheap for that quality of delicious pork product.

BBQ Sauce of your choice

3 pieces of String Cheese - I also buy at Sam's Club. If you have kids, you probably have this in the fridge already.

Combine meat, breadcrumbs, eggs, ketchup, mustard, worscheshire sauce, salt/pepper in a large bowl.

In a food processor, mince (to a near soup) the sage, carrot, onion, bell pepper & garlic. Get a small sautee pan hot & cook on medium until the mixture is soft & not so "raw" anymore.  Set aside & let cool for a few minutes. Add it to the meat mixture & combine well. I ALWAYS make a "tester" patty in the veggie sautee pan for seasoning.  Just make a little "slider" sized patty & cook it. TASTE IT! Does it need more salt? ADD IT!

After you are satisfied with the seasoning, set the mixture aside. Use the same pan and start to cook your slices of bacon. You only want to cook it for a minute or two - just to start it a bit.

Take the string cheese and cut each piece in half.

It's assembly time. You will make 6 mini loaves. Start to form them, stuff the cheese in the middle & make sure none of it is poking through. Wrap 1 piece of bacon around the loaf & place the loaf on a sprayed baking sheet. Repeat until all are done.

Combine 1/4 cup of ketchup with 1/4 cup of your favorite bbq sauce. We like "2 Fat Guys" Spicy sauce, personally. Baste each loaf liberally and bake in the oven uncovered for 45 minutes.

OMG. They are heaven. One of Jim's favorites.  Actually, the whole family loves these.


J Dot said...

Yum. Even better? I now know the plural of meatloaf. Awesome.

Melissa said...

I posted a picture. I forgot to take one of the oozy cheezy goodness. I was too excited and the loaf was too scrumptious.

Chris said...

I just made these and they are the BEST!