Meatloaf with Buttered Beans

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That’s right! She wrapped meatloaf in bacon!

Is it any wonder my son loves this recipe? First of all, he is a big meat and potatoes kid, loves burgers, bacon – you betcha! He also loves barbecue and hot sauce on just about anything. So I knew this recipe from Ree Drummond would be a hit.

Tender and slightly spicy-sweet thanks to the sauce, with a touch of smokiness thanks to the bacon, this is not your average meatloaf.

This recipe feeds my family of four with leftovers for sandwiches. We toast sour dough bread, add some mayo to the sauce as a spread for the sandwich, and add a slice of the meatloaf. Delicious!

By the way – it was my idea to sneak in the green veg. Steamed just enough to keep its bite, plenty of salt and fresh ground black pepper and just a pad of unsalted butter melted on top – perfect next to this meat lovers dish.

1 cup milk

6 slices of bread

2 lbs. lean ground beef

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp season salt

1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

4 eggs beaten

8 to 12 slices of bacon

For the tomato sauce:

1/2 cup ketchup

6 tbs brown sugar

1 tsp dry mustard

dashes hot sauce

dashes worcestershire sauce

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Heat oven to 350. Soak bread in milk in a large bowl. Add the beef, Parm., both salts, pepper, and parsley. Combine with your fingers. Pour in the eggs and combine. Form into a loaf on a lined broiler pan or on a baking sheet fitted with a grate (allows fat to drain). Place bacon slices over the top of the loaf, tucking ends under the loaf.

Combine the ingredients for the tomato sauce. Pour 1/3 of it over the bacon wrapped loaf.

Bake 45 minutes. Then pour another 1/3 of sauce over the loaf. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to sit 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with remaining sauce.

For the beans:

1 package cleaned and cut string beans

salt and pepper

unsalted butter

Boil water in a pot set with a steamer basket on top. Add the beans to the steamer basket. Steam until just tender but not flimsy, about 5 to 8 minutes. Remove beans to a bowl, season with salt and pepper and a tbs or two of butter.

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