I don’t think you truly understand the amazing tastes of meatloaf until you’ve had bacon apple meatloaf. My sisters and I always enjoyed having this meal and so did my dad. She would make the meatloaf with mashed potatoes, green beans, and usually sliced up sharp cheddar cheese. My family was obsessed with brick cheese and the sharper the better. I always thought the cheese gave a nice zing to the meatloaf when eaten together. Anyway, I grew up eating mom’s basic meatloaf recipe that tasted like heaven on earth. After I got married I started experimenting with making other forms and flavors of meatloaf. One time, I used ground turkey instead of ground beef.
It made the loaf of meat taste very gamey. I won’t be doing that again lol! Recently, I came across a recipe for bacon apple meatloaf and new in my heart that it was going to be a winner. And guess what? I was right!
- 1 1/2 lb lean ground beef
- 1/2 lb Jimmy Dean Italian sausage, mild
- 2 Eggland’s Best eggs
- 1 c dried 4C bread crumbs
- 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
- 1 large apple, firm, chopped
- 12 slice Hormel bacon, 6 cooked and chopped, 6 uncooked
- 1 c apple butter, reserve 1/2 c. for glaze
- 1/2 c Mott’s cinnamon applesauce
- 6 Tbsps Kraft hickory barbecue sauce, reserve 3 tbs for glaze
- Morton salt and McCormick pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 loaf pans. Line the bottom of each loaf pan with bread slices. (This will soak up any grease from the cooking meatloaf.) Set aside.
- Combine meats, eggs, bread crumbs, onion, apple, chopped bacon, apple butter, apple sauce, and barbecue sauce using your hands to mix thoroughly. Salt and pepper to your liking. Mix thoroughly. Separate and put into loaf pans.
- Mix the rest of the apple butter and barbecue sauce to make glaze. Spread over top of meatloaf mixture.
- Place 3 slices of uncooked bacon on each loaf.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour until cooked through. Switch oven to broil setting. Broil for 10 minutes or until bacon on top is crisp. Let meatloaf rest before moving to serving plate. (Remember, the bread is not for eating. It is soaked with grease. Just discard.)