I love meatloaf, especially the next day when I have a meatloaf sandwich. But, sometimes instead of classic meatloaf, I like to jack it up a bit. So this is a blue cheese stuffed jalapeno stuffed in the middle of my meatloaf, then wrapped in bacon. Check it out.
To make this you will need:
- 2 lbs ground beef, I use grass-fed beef, 80/20
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 milk
- 1 tube of Ritz crackers, crushed
- 1 table of butter
- 1/2 an onion, finely chopped
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon granulated onion, I use Maui Sweet Onions
- salt and pepper
- 2 good-sized jalapenos
- blue cheese
- 1 pound bacon
So this is what I do, Heat the oven to 350. I finely dice up onion and garlic, toss in a frying pan with the butter and saute until caramelized, turn off heat, add the milk and let that sit for a minute.
Now, take those jalapenos and use gloves or be very careful, chop of top and bottom and slice in half, then remove insides, rinse off, let dry on a paper towel. I say use gloves or be very careful because I have always managed to touch my nose or my eye right after cleaning the jalapeno and damn sometimes they be very hot, so be careful. OK, fill the jalapeno with blue cheese and set aside.
Now for the meatloaf, get large bowl, add ground beef, eggs, Ritz crackers, granulated onion and garlic and mix that together(I use my hands, it is easier) just a bit, then take the milk, onion, and garlic mixture(that should not be hot anymore, it should be warm or cool, add it to the bowl and mix it up gently. Add some salt and pepper and mix until everything is combined.
Get your baking dish ready. I use a 13×9 glass baking dish that I put a rack in for the meatloaf to sit on. Get a cookie sheet, or cutting board to lay out the bacon.
Now take about 1/4 of the mixture in your hand and put 2 halves of the jalapenos in there and put about 1/4 of the mixture on top of them and form a loaf rolling it around in your hands, set aside and repeat with rest of mixture and remaining jalapeno.
Now take slices of bacon and wrap around the meatloafs and place in baking dish. Bake at 350 until bacon is nice crispy brown color, usually about 60 mins, then when bacon looks done, take out of oven and turn over so the bacon on the bottom gets cooked well about another 15 to 20 mins, we don’t want flabby bacon, lol
I like using a rack so the meatloaf is not sitting in the bacon grease and being able to turn the meatloaf over so the bottom cooks properly. Once I take it out of the oven, I like to let it rest for a few minutes before cutting into it.
Hope you like my version of a not so classic meatloaf. Thanks for reading.