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Southern Meatloaf Recipe

The rich and hearty taste of beef, bacon and garlic are tried and true in this Southern Meatloaf recipe. WHY DIDN’T YOU MAKE  MORE? Top with a brown gravy or a brown sugar ketchup glaze for a PERFECT easy dinner! The rich and hearty taste of beef, bacon and garlic are tried and true in this Southern Meatloaf recipe. WHY DIDN’T YOU MAKE MORE? Top with a brown gravy or a brown sugar ketchup glaze for a PERFECT easy dinner!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
resting time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: southern meatloaf recipe, meatloaf, meatloaf recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 392kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker
Cost: $14

Equipment

  • bowl
  • spoon
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • spatula
  • oven
  • bread pan
  • aluminum foil

Ingredients

  • 1 head garlic roasted
  • 1 tsp olive oil drizzling over garlic
  • 2 strips bacon raw
  • 2 lbs ground beef 80/20
  • 1/2 Cup bread crumbs plain
  • 1.5 tbs garlic powder
  • 1.5 tbs onion powder
  • 1.5 tsp seasoned salt Use Lawrys
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard like Colemans
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 3 tbs steak sauce A1 rich and hearty works best
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tbs worcestershire sauce
  • 2.5 eggs beaten

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375

Roast the Garlic

  • Remove any loose papery covering on the garlic. Cut the garlic in half across the equator. Drizzle each half with olive oil. Wrap the garlic heads loosely with aluminum foil. Bake in 375 oven for 40 minutes. (You can do this in a toaster oven or while you are baking another dish a day or so before).
  • After roasting, let the garlic cool and then using a fork, mash the garlic down to squeeze it out of the paper skin.

Put the Meatloaf together

  • Spray a bread pan with cooking spray
  • Put the roasted garlic in a large bowl.
  • Add the chopped bacon, ground beef, bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder,seasoned salt, thyme, mustard, pepper, salt, steak sauce, ketchup, worcestershire and eggs to the bowl and mix very gently but completely.
  • Put the meatloaf mix down into the prepared bread pan. Press it down so that it mashes into the corners. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
  • Bake at 375 for 55 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, take the aluminum foil off of the pan, pour off the grease (be very careful).
  • Place back in the oven and bake for another 20 minutes or until golden brown on the top.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Turn over onto serving plate and cut into 8 slices. Top with gravy.

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Notes

  • For this recipe, make sure to have everything prepared before you start mixing it together in the bowl. Works best that way.
  • Roast the garlic up to a week before, wrap in plastic and store in the fridge (it’s great smeared on bread or crackers, just don’t eat it all before you can add it to the meatloaf!
  • It’s best to stick exactly to this recipe the first time you make this meatloaf, but feel free to change up a few things after the first time. Believe me, you’ll be making it more than once!
PRO TIP: Exchange a little bit of the ground beef for sausage sometime for a fantastic slight change! Wow!

Nutrition

Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 1075mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg