Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350ºF.
In a medium bowl, toss the mushrooms with the onion, sherry, garlic, 1-1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread, milk, and egg. Stir well, lightly mashing the bread until most of the liquid is absorbed. Add the beef, veal, pork, brown sugar, Worcestershire, and the onion-mushroom mixture. Using a large, sturdy wooden spoon or your hands, gently mix just until all the ingredients are blended; you may need to push the meat against the side of the bowl to get the pieces to break up.
Put the meat mixture in a 9x13-inch metal baking pan. Shape the mixture into a rectangular loaf about 10x4 inches. Wrap the strips of bacon around the loaf crosswise, overlapping them slightly and tucking the ends securely under the loaf. Pat the loaf back into shape if necessary.
Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the loaf reads 160ºF, 60 to 70 minutes. Take the meatloaf out of the oven and position the oven rack about 6 inches from the broiling element. Heat the broiler to high. Broil the meatloaf until the bacon is brown and crisp, about 3 minutes. Let the loaf rest at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.
Use two flat spatulas to transfer the meatloaf to a serving platter. Slice and serve with the mushroom gravy.
Make Ahead Tips
You can form the meatloaf up to 8 hours ahead and refrigerate until ready to bake.
Fried meatloaf—crisp and golden-brown on the outside and steaming-hot on the inside—is a delicious, diner-inspired way to serve leftover meatloaf.
nutrition information (per serving):
19, Fat Calories
170, Saturated Fat
26, Monounsaturated Fat
15, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips