It’s bacon! Sometimes I just need to wrap things in bacon. I learned about bacon tapestry when I made a bacon explosion for my husband’s birthday. Sometimes I need my food in loaf form. This meal satisfied both of these desires in a big way. I made this loaf with a combination of turkey and hot Italian sausage because that is what I had in my fridge and because I thought it would be awesome. Turns out, it was awesome.
1 tbs butter
1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1 lb ground turkey
1 lb hot Italian sausage
6 oz tomato paste
1 tsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
4 tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 large eggs
3/4 cup ground flax seed
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 pound bacon
- Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Over medium heat, in a medium skillet, heat the olive oil and butter until the butter is melted.
- Add the onion and heat until they are translucent and tender.
- Add the garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, and cumin and saute until fragrant about 30 seconds.
- Add the tomato paste and mix with the other ingredient. Saute for another 30 seconds to add some caramel flavor.
- Finally, mix in the vinegar and Worcestershire sauce.
- Remove the mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.
- In a large bowl, mix the meats, eggs, ground flax seed and skillet ingredients. I use the tips of my fingers so I don’t over squish the meat and make the meatloaf dense.
- On a sheet pan or in a lasagne pan, form the meat into a loaf.
- You can either weave the bacon on top or just place it to cover the loaf. The weave does look cooler though.
- Sprinkle the bacon with smoked paprika and some grinds of black pepper. This would be the appropriate time to take pictures for facebook, twitter, or to text your friends your dinner to make them feel jealous.
- Place the loaf in the oven and bake for 55 – 60 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. If the bacon is not crispy enough for your taste, turn on your broiler and cook for 3 – 5 minutes.
- Allow to cook for 10 minutes. This would be another good time to take pictures.
I loved this meatloaf. LOVED! This would pair well with roasted veggies and a salad.