Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf

This recipe is from Susan Russo and Brett Cohen's book, Recipes Every Man Should Know. (Quirk Books)

Makes 4-6 servings for hungry guys or 8 servings for women and kids

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 pounds ground beef (85% lean is best)
3/4 cup plain bread crumbs
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons spicy mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
several dashes hot sauce
6 tablespoons ketchup, divided
8-10 slices bacon

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned; let cool slightly.

2. In a large bowl, combine sauteed onions with all ingredients from ground beef through hot sauce, plus 2 tablespoons ketchup. Using your hands, mix until thoroughly combined. Transfer beef mixture onto a large baking sheet lightly greased with canola oil or cooking spray.  (You can line the pan with aluminum foil for easy clean-up.) Shape into an oval mound or long rectangle and lay bacon slices over the top so that they crisscross. Wash your hands, then brush remaining 4 tablespoons ketchup over bacon and meatloaf.

3. Bake 50-60 minutes, or until browned on top and cooked through. (A thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meatloaf should read 160 to 165 degrees F.) If you don't have a thermometer, insert a knife into the thickest part to ensure meat is no longer pink.

Recipe created by Susan Russo of Food Blogga.