I stuff chicken all the time; so, I thought “why not stuff a meatloaf?” I mean, that’s normal thinking, right? Seriously, this type of stuff keeps me up at night.
When I started this blog, I thought I’d just share recipes that I tried and liked along with my tried and true, but It has inspired me to throw caution to the wind and get creative in the kitchen. There is nothing more fun than watching an idea come to life – at least for me there isn’t.
I hope you enjoy this one. It’s a different twist on meatloaf, but might be making the regular rotation of meals around here.
What you’ll need:
- 2 lbs of meat (I used 1 lb of beef and 1 lb of turkey, but you could use either or both)
- 10 strips of bacon – give or take
- 4 slices of pepper jack cheese – you could sub mozzarella as well
- 2 eggs
- 2 packages of Lipton onion soup mix
- 2 cups of binder approximately (you can use bread crumbs or oatmeal – I used both because I ran out of bread crumbs.)
- 2 small cans of tomato sauce
- 2 Tablespoons of Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons of garlic salt
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 2 teaspoons of pepper
How to make it:
Set your oven to 425 degrees.
Start with a large bowl and add all of the ingredients EXCEPT bacon and pepper jack. Get in there with your hands and mix it all up. If you need extra bread crumbs to help the meat come together to form a loaf, please do so.
I just formed a loaf on a small foil covered baking sheet then i made a ditch in the middle. Break up the slices of pepper jack and add to the ditch. Cover the ditch by bringing up the meat around it and reform your loaf.
You can bake it just like this or add the bacon. When adding the bacon, I did a basket weave pattern by just laying the bacon over the meatloaf. The loaf is pretty sticky, so the bacon stayed on just fine. Bake for 45-50 minutes at 425 degrees. Especially, when using turkey, we want to make sure the loaf is done in the center. You can always use a thermometer through the middle to check. 165 degrees internal is what you want if cooking turkey. I baked my meatloaf for right at 50 minutes and it was done all the way through.
Serve up with some veggies and dinner is DONE ✅. You can find my recipe for Spring Garden Vegetable Medley on my blog for the perfect partner to this delicious hunk of meat.