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Author Notes: When my wife was pregnant with our first child in 2003 she got cravings for meatloaf. The only meatloaf I knew was my mothers, which is tooped with processed cheese slices and tinned tomatoes. I set-out to sate my wife's rather odd craving and create a meatloaf that we both would love. —mf37
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 carrot, peeled
- 1 rib celery
- 1 medium onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons finely shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 3 strips of bacon
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Combine milk and breadcrumbs, stir and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Finely chop the carrots, celery, onion and garlic (or blitz with a food processor)
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients (except the bacon) and mix well - it helps to use your hands.
- Shape the mixture into a loaf (I transfer the mix to a loaf pan and then invert onto a roasting rack). Slice each piece of bacon in half and layer the six strips width-wise across the top of the meat loaf.
- Bake for 1 hour or until a meat thermometer shows an internal temperature of 160F.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Meatloaf