Pioneer Woman’s Meatloaf

I needed a meatloaf recipe that wouldn’t miss, so I turned of course to the Pioneer Woman. Her recipes are consistent and usually use all real food. I quickly found her My Favorite Meatloaf recipe and for once, I had (almost) all the ingredients on hand.

I soaked 6 pieces of bread in milk as directed, but used California Black Bread, instead of the white she suggested. I also swapped in 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder and 1 1/2 tsp. thyme for the parsley, which I didn’t have.

Here’s the recipe:


  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 6 slices White Bread
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • ¾ teaspoons Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • ⅓ cups Minced Flat-leaf Parsley
  • 4 whole Eggs Beaten
  • 10 slices Thin/regular Bacon


  • 1-½ cup Ketchup
  • ⅓ cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
  • Tabasco To Taste

The outcome? I took a bite and told my husband that I’d be swearing if I could, it was so yummy. This “loaf” if it can really be called that, is wrapped in bacon, which adds a ton of flavor. Both kids gave this meal a thumbs up, which happens about as often as a visit from Haley’s Comet.)

The bacon stayed soft though, which was a bit of a disappointment. Anyone have any ideas how to bake a meatloaf with bacon and sauce, yet get the bacon to crisp up (even a bit?)

Be prepared with a really big pan and plenty of foil. Two pounds of beef creates quite a loaf. I said, “You call that a loaf? This is a loaf,” a few times while preparing dinner. I know it is the lamest movie quote ever, I just couldn’t help it. I made a beast for dinner!

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