With an infusion of hearty, bitter stout and sharp Cheddar, this meatloaf would be right at home at a St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Create your own customized meatloaf recipe with the Recipe Maker.
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Add the stout, and simmer briskly, until almost dry, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool until warm.
In a shallow dish that holds it in a single layer, soak the bread in the milk, flipping once, until soggy but not falling apart, 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the coarseness and freshness of the bread. Lightly squeeze a handful of bread at a time to remove some of the milk (it should be wet but not drenched). Finely chop and add to the bowl with the vegetable mixture.
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F.
Add the beef, veal and eggs to the onion mixture. Scatter the Cheddar, rehydrated mushrooms, and parsley over the meat, and then sprinkle with the Worcestershire, 2-1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Use your hands to gently mix all the ingredients until just combined; try not to compact the mixture as you do this.
Heat the remaining 1 tsp. of oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Form 1 Tbs. of the meatloaf mixture into a small patty. When the oil is hot, cook the patty on both sides until cooked through, about 5 minutes total. Transfer to a plate and let cool slightly. Taste and adjust the salt, pepper, and other seasonings as needed. Repeat until you’re satisfied with the flavor.
Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment. Transfer the meatloaf mixture to the baking pan and form into a 10×4-inch rectangular block (it becomes loaf-shaped as it cooks). Finish the meatloaf by draping it with slightly overlapping strips of bacon, tucking the ends under the loaf.
Bake until an instant-read thermometer registers 160°F in the center of the meatloaf, 40 to 55 minutes.
Broil the meatloaf about 6 inches from the broiler element until the bacon is brown and crisped, about 3 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board or serving platter with a large spatula and cut into 3/4- to 1-inch-thick slices.
Concur with other reviewers--this is pretty much the Platonic ideal of meatloaf!
I liked this recipe a LOT - made it for me & my 8 year old and even SHE liked it :)The only thing I would change is not as much salt. Other than that, I made it without the bacon to keep the fat content down - but it was still super moist and delicious...
This opinion is from a writer who has not ever cared for any meatloaf. My husband really likes them and so I keep trying for one I can at least tolerate. Well, my search has ended. We both think this meatloaf outstanding! Neither too dry or soggy and a very up scale flavor!!!! it is the quintessential meatloaf!
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