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Ok, well, perhaps it is. Who really knows? Chances are I don’t know your mama or her meatloaf, so there. All I can say is that I’m quite fond of this recipe. Why? Well, because I just made it up. That’s right. One of the things I love about cooking is coming up with stuff on the fly.

Here’s the scenario of how this luscious loaf of meat came about:

Caroline: Do you want to cook meatloaf tonight?
Me: Ok.
Caroline: What groceries do you need?
Me:Ingredients:

2 ea Carrots, small dice
1 ea Yellow Onion, small dice
1 ea Vodka Tonic (the more vodka, the better)
1 ea Tomato, blanched, chilled, peeled, seeded & cut into small dice
2 ea Celery Stalks, small dice
¼ ea Green Bell Pepper, small dice
2 ea Garlic Cloves, minced
2 ½ lbs Ground Beef
¾ cup Cheddah Cheese, cubed into ¼” pieces
1 Tblsp Oregano, finely chopped
½ tsp Thyme, finely chopped
1-8oz can Tomato Paste
2 ea Eggs, beaten like a red headed stepchild
2/3 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
10 strips Bacon
to taste Salt, Pepper & Lowry’s Seasoned Salt

Wow, I know it’s a lot of chopping, but it’s worth it for sure. Make sure you don’t get carried away with the vodka and chop the tips of your fingers off. So what do you say? Let’s do this shit.

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine all ingredients except the bacon strips in a mixing bowl. Add 1 tsp of the tomato paste to the mixture.
Liberally season with salt, pepper and Kanye West endorsed Lowry’s.
Fun messy time! Vigorously mix the ingredients with your hands. *Note, please wash your hands before you do this, not washing your hands is where E coli comes from. Y’know, poop n’ stuff.*
After mixing, the mixture should look like this:

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Taste test time! Grab a lump of raw eggy meat and taste it. Just kidding.
How do you taste it? Grab a frying pan, heat some oil in it and cook a small bit of the mixture. Once cooked, taste. Adjust seasoning accordingly.
Butter or grease a 9” x 13” baking pan. Split the mixture in half and form two loaves. Wet your hands to smooth out the meat.

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Take the remainder of the tomato paste and slather it all over the loaves. Then, lay the strips of bacon lengthwise across the loaves like this:

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Cover with Aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. After that, remove the foil and bake for another 20 – 25 minutes. Use a thermometer to check the doneness of the loaf. It should have an internal temperature of at least 135 degrees.

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After removing from the oven, let the loaves be for about 5 minutes.
Slice and serve over mashed potatoes and your favorite veggies.

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There you go; a nice easy comfort food. I’d definitely make it on a Sunday night after a long weekend of whatever you do. I hope you like it, we sure did.

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