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Mozzarella Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Published: Friday, January 8, 2021

2 lbs. ground beef

2 eggs

2/3 c. breadcrumbs

1 medium onion, finely chopped

¼ c. finely chopped green pepper (optional)

1 tsp. yellow mustard

½ tsp. dried parsley to taste

¼ tsp. dried garlic powder

¼ tsp. ground paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

9 oz. thin-cut bacon

4 oz. Mozzarella cheese, diced

½ c. barbecue sauce

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9x5 loaf pan first with parchment paper and then with 2/3 of the bacon, leaving an overhang. (Or line a rimmed baking sheet with baking parchment and lay 2/3 of the bacon on top if you want to bake without a pan.)

Mix ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, onion, green pepper if using, mustard and spices in a large bowl.

Shape a long log with 2/3 of the meat mixture and fit inside the loaf pan or on top of the bacon on the baking sheet, if baking without a loaf pan. Make a crease down the middle and add the Mozzarella cheese. Cover with the remaining meat mixture. Fold the bacon overhang on top and cover entirely with the remaining 1/3 bacon. Spread with 1/3 of the barbecue sauce.

Bake in the middle of the preheated oven for 40 minutes. Spread with another 1/3 of the barbecue sauce. Continue baking for another 20 minutes, then spread with the remaining sauce right as it comes out of the oven. Allow the meatloaf to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. (If baked in a loaf pan, very carefully drain it before removing from the pan; depending on your meat/bacon, a lot of juices can accumulate.) —8 servings.

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