The basic recipe for meatloaf has been done to death. There are many variations, but the core of the recipe itself is still pretty much the same. Process meat with some extra ingredients to give it flavor, cook in the oven, serve. Not much to it, right? Well, as a matter of fact, the kitchen is one of the best places in the house to get creative.
If you find the correct combination of ingredients and seasonings, you will come up with seemingly infinite variations for a dish as simple as meatloaf, and you will never run out of options. There are literally dozens of recipes for meatloaves out there, but here are our picks for the day. We present to you the top 15 meatloaf recipes that will make you drool as you read. No particular order, really, just an assembly of some of the most delicious and original ways to prepare and serve your meatloaf dish.
1. Bacon-wrapped meatloaf
We hit the ground running with this delicious and questionably healthy variation of your traditional meatloaf. First, you combine processed ground beef with Parmesan cheese and some slices of bread soaked in milk, all seasoned with salt and pepper and a bit of parsley, and mix it together with your hands. You can add three or four beaten eggs to help the mixture integrate better and become more solid.
Now with the bacon. Grab thin slices of bacon and wrap them around the meatloaf. The last thing you need to do is prepare a sauce for your meatloaf. We suggest as follows: start with half a cup of catsup and add dry mustard and a nice amount of brown sugar. You can add a bit of Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce and combine it all together. Cover your meatloaf in your sauce and take it to the oven.