So, when my wife shared the recipe from this month's Real Simple, I wasn't bowled over with enthusiasm. However, Real Simple has rarely let me down. AND that publication is what really taught me to cook. So, I decided to try it.
Boy, am I glad I did. This meatloaf is amazing. Moist and delicious, with bacon and gruyere cheese, it smells like something that you'd find in a top-notch restaurant. This is truly a gourmet take on an American classic.
My slightly modified recipe is after the jump. We added some extra bacon and gruyere. What else would you expect from me? Lemme tell you, it's amazing, and definitely worth a try.
5 slices bacon, chopped
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup ketchup
1 red onion, grated
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large egg
1 cup grated Gruyère or Cheddar (3 ounces)
kosher salt and black pepper
1) Heat oven to 400° F.
2) Cook bacon and chop
3) In a medium bowl, combine the beef, bread crumbs, ketchup, grated onion, chopped bacon, garlic, egg, 3/4 cup of the Gruyère, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Transfer the mixture to an 8-by-4-inch loaf pan and sprinkle with the remaining Gruyère.
4) Bake the meat loaf until cooked through, 40 to 45 minutes.
5) Pour off any accumulated fat and let rest 10 minutes before slicing.
6) Serve on a plate and enjoy! Recommend serving with a strong red wine. Probably a Cabernet.