If there is one thing that I love, it’s meatloaf. I’m not talking about you grandma’s flavor-less blob of ground beef. I’m talking about the kind of meatloaf that tastes like a giant Italian meatball. Delish. Last night, I wanted to try a new version of meatloaf, and found this recipe on The Food Network website. It turned out great, even though I realized after starting the gravy, that I didn’t have every single ingredient. I can only imagine how good it will be the next time I make it, and find myself totally prepared.



  • 3 strips bacon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 Italian sausages, casings removed (mild or spicy)
  • 1 pound 80/20 ground beef
  • Mustard and sour cream gravy (recipe follows)
  • Special equipment: glass loaf pan



  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line the glass loaf pan with the bacon, centering the strips lengthwise in the pan, letting the ends hang over the short edge.
  3. Lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl.
  4. Add the ketchup and sour cream and mix.
  5.  Add the breadcrumbs, onions and garlic, stirring to incorporate, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6.  Mix in the sausage, breaking it up to season the egg mixture evenly. Mix in the ground beef, using your hands to mix gently but thoroughly.
  7. Press the meatloaf mixture firmly into the loaf pan with the bacon, shaping the meat into a loaf shape.
  8. Unmold the meatloaf by turning the pan upside-down, and tapping the bottom to release the meatloaf. Tuck the bacon under the loaf, and place it bacon-side up on a foiled or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  9. Bake until the meat registers 160 degrees, about 50 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with mustard and sour cream gravy.



Mustard and Sour Cream Gravy:


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper



  1. In a saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until the onions are soft, about 6 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle the flour on top of the onions and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Turn up the heat to medium-high and whisk in the stock and 1/2 cup water. Cook at a simmer, whisking frequently, until the gravy begins to thicken.
  3. Turn off the heat and whisk in the sour cream, and then the mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Taste before adding salt and pepper. Serve on the meatloaf.


This made a rather large meatloaf, so of course, I had plenty of leftovers. The best way to enjoy leftover meatloaf is meatloaf sandwiches! I recommend using a French baguette for the bread. You could even go as far as toasting the bread on the broiler setting on your oven to make a truly awesome sandwich!