This post probably isn’t “seasonally appropriate” for my blog. I suppose meatloaf doesn’t scream “Spring” like asparagus or strawberries or a fresh squeeze of lemon*, but I decided to go rogue on this one because I believe anything bacon-wrapped transcends seasonality. Besides, barbecue sauce reminds you of Spring and Summer, right? Whatever, like I said, I’m going rogue. Join me.
I love meatloaf (especially with a side of mashed potatoes) and when I saw a recipe for this one wrapped up in a layer of bacon and then smothered in barbecue sauce I knew I had to make it. I lightened up the loaf using ground turkey, lean ground beef and turkey bacon. It turned out super flavorful and I loved the bacon-BBQ coating. It’s also a Weight Watchers or calorie-counting steal at only 6 Points+ or 238 calories for two slices! I served mine with ½ cup of mashed potatoes and some broccoli for a very satisfying and tasty meal.
*The next recipe I have planned has Spring written all over it, so sticklers, fear not!
¾ lb (12 oz) extra lean ground turkey (I used Jennie-O brand)
½ cup chopped onion
5 tablespoons barbecue sauce, divided (I used Stubb’s Original)
1 tablespoon mustard
1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
12 fat free saltine crackers, crushed into crumbs
1 large egg
8 strips raw turkey bacon (I used Oscar Meyer brand)
1.Pre-heat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
2.In a large bowl, combine the beef and turkey and mush together with clean hands until combined. Add the onion, 3 tablespoons of the barbecue sauce, mustard, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, saltine crumbs and egg and lightly mix together. Do not over handle.
3.Transfer the meat mixture to the lined baking sheet and form into a 9” x 5” loaf. Lay the strips of bacon in a row to cover the top of the meatloaf, each one slightly overlapping the piece before it. Tuck the ends of the bacon strips underneath the bottom of the meatloaf. Using a silicone pastry brush, brush the remaining 2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce over the entire loaf. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until your meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Cut into 12 even slices and serve.
Yields 6 (2 slice) servings. WW P+: 6 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information per 2 slice serving from myfitnesspal.com: 238 calories, 9 g carbs, 9 g fat, 29 g protein, 1 g fiber