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Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Chipotle Cheddar


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We had our first big snowfall of the season this weekend. Over a foot of snow fell in the course of 24 hours.

I have to admit, I was probably even more excited than my kids to go play in the snow.


We bundled up in our snowpants, jackets, hats, mittens, and boots and headed out for some winter fun. The snow was light and fluffy…perfect for sledding and making snow angels…but not quite ideal for snowmen.

So, what do we make for dinner on a snowy, weekend evening? Comfort food, of course. Meatloaf and mashed potatoes.


I came up with this concoction based on what we had on hand. Most meatloaf recipes call for crushed crackers or breadcrumbs to bind everything together. I thought…why not try rolled oats??? And, instead of just ground beef, since we like a little kick, I used a combination of ground beef and hot Italian sausage.


I also replaced the typical cheddar cheese with chipotle cheddar. And, for the piece de résistance, I layered a few strips of bacon on top.


Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Chipotle Cheddar

1 lb ground beef
1/2 lb hot Italian sausage
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 egg
1 cup shredded chipotle cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp Frank’s hot sauce
1 small onion, diced
1/4 cup green pepper, diced
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
Dash of salt and pepper
A few strips of bacon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients except the bacon in a large bowl. Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap. Dump mixture into loaf pan and press down with a fork. Invert loaf into a 9 x 13 baking pan. Discard plastic wrap. Cut bacon slices in half and layer over meatloaf. Bake for 60 minutes or until temperature reads 170 degrees. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing.


Serve with garlic mashed potatoes and salad. The salad in this picture is super simple: spinach, apples, almonds with lemon olive oil dressing (equal parts fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil whisked with a dash or sea salt and pepper).

A Simple Sunday Breakfast

On a cold, snowy morning in Minnesota, there’s nothing like a simple, hearty breakfast.

A little bacon…a fresh batch of homemade pancakes…and some banana slices. That’s it.

No exact recipe for the pancakes…they are basically a little of this and a little of that. Start with some eggs, a few cups of flour, add a bit of sugar, oil, and milk…then go from there.

I like to add some applesauce, to cut down on oil, and a hint of vanilla and cinnamon, to punch up the flavor a tad.

We buy our bacon at Costco in the multipacks. Then, I’ll use a chef’s knife to cut the packages in half width-wise, and freeze in meal-sized portions in sandwich bags. When I need some for a meal, I take one out of the freezer, remove the bacon from the bag, and defrost in the microwave for a few seconds until I can peel the slices apart. The best part is that there’s no rush to use up an open package of bacon before it goes bad, and with it in the freezer, we always have it on hand for a quick meal.