Bacon-wrapped meatloaf? As in – an entire meatloaf wrapped in bacon? Yes, please!
You read that right – your weeknight meatloaf dinner just got a keto upgrade! Serve with a side of cauliflower mash (topped with butter, of course) for the ultimate low-carb comfort meal.
Time and Temperature for Cooking Meatloaf
Because you’re working with raw eggs and pork, you’ll want to make sure that this meatloaf is cooked to well done.
If you have a meat thermometer (which I recommend you have on hand), you can use it to check that the internal temperature of the ground beef has reached a temperature of 165F.
If you don’t have a meat thermometer, you can go on time. A meatloaf of this size will take approximately 45-60 minutes. (If you’ve adjusted the recipe take care to take that into account when setting the timer.)
How Do You Keep Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf Moist?
The first step to avoiding dry meatloaf is to use the correct meat. You’ll want to use high-fat meat. Meat that is low in fat will result in a meatloaf that is dry and grainy.
If you do end up using lower-fat meat (such as lean beef, turkey, or chicken), there are other ways you can keep your meatloaf moist.
- Don’t skip any of the liquid ingredients such as ketchup, eggs, broth, etc. These all add to the moisture of the meatloaf.
- Finely chopped, sauteed vegetables will also add some moisture. In this recipe, I have used onion, but you can also include carrots and celery.
- Take care not to over-mix the mixture as it will lead to dry and dense meatloaf
- Give the meatloaf space by using a baking sheet instead of a pan. You’ll notice my recipe calls for placing the meatloaf on a baking sheet. Using a pan that is a tight fit will cause the meatloaf to ‘steam’.
- And lastly – once you take it out of the oven, let the meatloaf sit for about 10 minutes (loosely covered in foil to keep the heat). This will help lock in the juices.
More Keto Recipes to try:
- Clean Keto Creamy Garlic Salmon
- Keto Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary
- Keto Christmas Dinner Party Menu
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