Grab your muffin tins for a great party appetizer food or a perfect freezer friendly meal! These Maple Bacon Wrapped Meatloaves are easy and delicious!
Growing up, I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaated meatloaf. It was chocked full of chunks of bread, onions, pepeprs and icky chunky stuff. However I loved the ‘red gravy’ that Mom made with it. So I’d pick all the chunky icky things out, mush up the meat, top it with mashed taters and then smother it in the red gravy.
As an adult I found that my taste buds changed and I longed for comfort foods sans the yucky chunky bits. Thankfully God invented the food processor and I had knife skills. Yes, I’m still that 7-year-old-girl-with-the-squinched-up-face-when-posed-with-icky-chunky-things-in-my-food. Well okay I’m not *that* bad but pretty darn close.
Well I decided to make a meatloaf the other day but since I am in BooFest mode (our annual Halloween party) my mind is thinking “foods to make for the party”. Now regular meatloaf wouldn’t work BUTTTTTTTTTTTT mini ones would!
As I got out my ground meat and stuff to put in it I found the container of maple bacon syrup I had made a few days prior for my cheddar ale pancakes. YESSSSSSSSSSSS… this MUST go in the meatloaf. So I made a few tweaks, remove the ‘red gravy’ and went straight out meat, maple and bacon. The outcome… oh dear LORD I’m friggen a genius!!! Just sayin all… this was off the hook amazing!
Now while I am not a big eater of bacon (trust me, I LOVE it and my thighs love it even more however I’m loving my smaller sized jeans more than that) I just had to try this. I mean I had to do it for you all.
So you’re welcome… *puts her hand across her forehead and gives the forlorn look* The things I do for you all… *wink*
LOOK at this…
No really.. LOOK AT THIS!!!
Not only are they fanfriggentastic tasting, they are just the cutest little things EVER!
You so need to make these if not for a party, then for yourself. Really.. go make these!
Um.. make a few extra for me too *grin*
- 1 tablespoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
- 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4–1/2 cup farina or dry bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 12–14 slices of bacon, raw
- 5 slices crispy cooked chopped bacon
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl mix steak seasoning, ground beef, egg, milk, farina, Worcestershire, maple syrup and cooked bacon with your hands. Just combine it but try not to overwork it as it will get tough. If the mixture is too wet, add a bit more farina. If too dry, add another egg and 1/4 cup milk. You want the mixture to be pretty moist but not super wet.
- For each muffin tin, use ~1 cup of meat mixture and shape into a ball.
- Wrap each ball with 2 pieces of bacon having the ends of the bacon on the bottom of the ball.
- Place each bacon wrapped ball into a muffin pan cavity.
- Repeat until all the meat is gone.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temp is 165.
- If you want crispier bacon top, broil on high for 2-4 minutes.
- Remove from the muffin tins and drizzle with warm maple syrup.
This is amazing with whipped sweet potatoes or candied yams.
Keywords: meatballs, party foods, muffin tin meatloaves