Bacon always has been popular with the breakfast crowd, especially when combined with eggs. But these days, it’s showing up in a lot of places that were unimaginable just a few years ago.
Well, I not too crazy about trying any of the aforementioned dishes, but another recipe for a meatloaf wrapped in bacon definitely tickled my taste buds.
The recipe, which is from Chef Jay Pierce of Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Cary and Greensboro, N.C., looks like it might have a little kick, Tabasco sauce and cayenne pepper among its ingredients.
That sounds like my kind of meatloaf!
Lucky 32′s Meatloaf
4 tablespoons butter
¾ cup chopped yellow onion
½ cup finely chopped celery with stems and leaves
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
½ cup diced green bell pepper
¼ cup chopped green onion
½ cup half-and-half
½ pound ground pork
1½ pounds ground chuck
1 teaspoon Tabasco
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 teaspoon ground mustard
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1½ teaspoons salt or to taste
¾ teaspoon black pepper or to taste
1 cup panko bread crumbs
12 slices bacon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in skillet over medium-high heat and saute onions until golden. Add celery, garlic and bell pepper and saute until tender. Spread vegetables out on a cookie sheet to cool and allow some moisture to evaporate.
Combine eggs and half-and-half in a large bowl. Mix until combined. Add sauteed vegetables, pork, beef, Tabasco, Worcestershire, mustard, cayenne pepper, thyme, salt and black pepper. Mix well. Work bread crumbs into meat mixture by hand and set aside.
Line a loaf pan with 12 bacon strips, six on each side, so that the bacon will wrap the meat loaf. Place a strip at the joint where the bottom meets the side of the pan and bring the strip up the side of the pan and allow the excess to fold over the outside of the pan. Continue in this manner alternating from side to side . When bacon is all laid out, place meat mixture in pan. Fold the bacon strips over the top of the loaf, completely wrapping loaf with bacon.
Place meatloaf in oven and bake until thermometer inserted in the center reads 160 degrees.
Yield: Serves 8.