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When only comfort food will do, this Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Creamy Baked Bean Gravy is just what the doctor ordered. It’s smoky, it’s creamy, it’s bacon-y- and it’s here to save your weeknight dinner doldrums.

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A staple of my childhood dinner table was the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Creamy Baked Bean Gravy. This being a weeknight meal that was in heavy rotation in my formative years, I (sadly) didn’t really appreciate it for the uniquely flavored comfort food it is until adulthood.

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If you thought meatloaf was comforting already, picture it nestled in a blanket of smoky bacon, surrounded by a thick and creamy gravy made with milk and baked beans. Stir it right into your mashed potatoes, or sop up the gravy with a crusty piece of bread or a fresh baked biscuit and let this ultimate comfort food melt your troubles away. I typically serve mine with a generous side of Cauliflower Potato Mash with Cheddar and Nutmeg and some sautéed green beans or roasted broccoli.

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Making Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Baked Bean Gravy- it’s easier than it looks!

Don’t be intimidated by the thought of making a “gravy” on a weeknight. A perk of this recipe is that everything comes together in one baking dish. No babysitting a sauce or dirty frying pans required!

bacon wrapped meatloaf

Pro tip: if your bacon is looking a little lackluster after baking, throw the meatloaf under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp it up (more details below).

bacon wrapped meatloaf with baked bean gravy

Can I use something other than meatloaf mix for the meatloaf ?

Sure! I also love ground beef for this recipe, and if you were trying to go a little healthier, you could sub in ground turkey.

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Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Creamy Baked Bean Gravy

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dinner
Keyword: bacon, baked beans, beef, dinner, gravy, home style, homestyle, meatloaf, pork, recipes, veal

Ingredients

  • 5 strips Center cut bacon, cut in half*
  • 1.5 lbs Ground Meatloaf Mix (Beef, Pork, Veal)*
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 stalks of celery and leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 16 oz can baked beans, such as Bush’s Country Style Baked Beans
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Grease a 9×12 broiler-safe or large cast iron skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
    3. Finely chop celery and onions and add to large mixing bowl.
    4. Add meatloaf mix, egg, breadcrumbs, ketchup, yellow mustard, celery, onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper to mixing bowl. Mix together with hands until well combined (careful to not overmix).
    5. Form meatloaf in greased baking dish or cast iron skillet, leaving about 2” of space around the outer edges of the loaf.
    6. Cover top of meatloaf with sliced bacon until fully covered, and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
    7. While the meatloaf bakes, add 2 cups of milk to a liquid measuring cup and whisk in 2 tbs all-purpose flour until fully combined.
    8. After meatloaf has baked for 30 minutes, remove from oven, and add the whole can of baked beans around the meatloaf. Give the milk/flour mixture another quick stir and add to the pan along with the baked beans. Do not pour beans or milk mixture directly over the loaf/bacon, but just around the sides (otherwise, the bacon won’t be crispy). Once the milk mixture and beans are in the pan, give them a quick stir to combine and return to oven for another 30 minutes, or until the a thermometer inserted midway into the center of the meatloaf reached 165 degrees. During the final 30 minutes of baking time, check the meatloaf every 10 minutes or so and stir the gravy as needed.
    9. Once finished baking, remove the meatloaf from the oven and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. If bacon is not fully crispy, broil for 3-5 minutes.

*Notes/Substitutions:

Any pork bacon will do, but center cut is leaner, and will crisp up better than a fattier bacon.
Ground beef or ground turkey can be subbed in for the meatloaf mix.

My favorite beans for this are Bush’s country style.

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