Oh, meatloaf! This dish and I have some history. The first memories I have of this dish are from back home, in Monterrey. My mom made it maybe once, twice? yeah, that’s all! So, even when I have always loved meatloaf, I never really had a chance to cook it, it took me a long time to get it right, I tried so many different ingredients, combined different recipes until I finally get it the way I like it. Let me rephrase that, the way my husband likes it. He is the toughest critic. They make it a little different here in Texas, while my mom’s meatloaf (pastel de carne) is packed with veggies like potatoes, bell pepper, carrots, and onions, here is more simple… but equally delicious. Probably the thing I enjoyed the most about my mom’s meatloaf is that is wrapped in bacon, that’s the way I always make mine and everybody loves it! Even my 3-year-old girl. That says a lot.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Start by adding a 1/4 cup of oatmeal to a food processor and pulse It until is finely ground. Transfer to a bowl.
shape it into a loaf and cover it with strips of bacon. Tuck the ends o f the bacon under the meatloaf.
- 1lb ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1/2 onion
- 2 roasted piquillo peppers
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1/4 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- pepper to taste
- 4 to 5 strips of bacon
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a small chopper or food processor ground the oatmeal until very fine. Transfer to a small bowl.
- In the same food processor add half onion and two piquillo peppers. Pulse a few times until it looks like chunky salsa.
- In a large bowl mix together the ground beef, egg, milk, oatmeal and the peppers and onions mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
- Form into a loaf a placed in a baking dish. Cover with the strips of bacon, tuck the end of the bacon strips under the meat loaf.
- In a small bowl mix together the ketchup, sugar, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
- Spread evenly over meatloaf.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes.
- Let it rest for 5-10 minutes and transfer to a serving platter.