Bacon Cheeseburger Meat Loaf

Among friends, Suzette’s known for her coffee cake. But her meat loaf was due for a makeover. “I’d been making it for years,” says Suzette, “and it was getting boring.” Then she thought of mimicking the flavors of a popular sandwich and had an instant hit. “My whole family loved it!” she says.

Bacon Cheeseburger Meat Loaf
6 servings

4 slices bacon
1 1/2 lb. ground beef (85% lean)
2 eggs
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup french fried onion rings

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Cook bacon in medium skillet over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned and almost crisp. Remove 2 slices bacon; drain on paper towels, reserving for garnish. Continue cooking remaining 2 slices bacon 2 to 4 minutes or until browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels; crumble.

2. Spray 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Gently combine ground beef, eggs, ketchup, oats, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in large bowl until blended.

3. Pat half of the meat loaf mixture in pan; top with cheese slices and crumbled bacon. Top with remaining meat loaf mixture, covering cheese.

4. Bake 45 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle with shredded cheese and onion rings. Cut reserved 2 slices bacon in half crosswise; arrange over top of meat loaf. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until thoroughly cooked and internal temperature reaches 160°F. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing.

PER SERVING: 455 calories, 28.5 g total fat (12.5 g saturated fat), 32 g protein, 16.5 g carbohydrate, 175 mg cholesterol, 1015 mg sodium, 1 g fiber

Suzette Williams is from New Brockton, AL

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