Bacon-Cheddar-Ranch Meat Loaf

What a great morning. My new Paula Deen magazine just arrived and thumbing through it, I immediately spotted a recipe that I am making for dinner this week. Last night, we had family over for pork roast with mashed potatoes and carrots, gravy, salad and green beans. It was a late invite so when I went to Trader Joes to pick up the roast, I looked through the desserts there and found a frozen box of miniature little pies which we had. They are Trader Jo’s Brand and the box simply says, Mini Pie Medley! Oh my gosh, we all just sat there and wished we had about 6 each. They come in a box of 6 and there are 2 strawberry, 2 peach and 2 blueberry. Bake at 325 for 8 minutes and you have a fantastic little pie which of course, we topped with Blue Bell..so when you are looking for something quick and delicious but do not have energy or time to whip up something, you can serve these little pies with great confidence. 

Back to the meat loaf. I love having individual loaf pans to serve company. If they have any left over, I simply wrap them up and send it home with them. You can buy the paper individual loaf pans now at several places, Michales, Hobby Lobby and Container Store for example.

1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin

1 1/2 pounds ground pork

2 cups crushed French-fried onions

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

3/4 cup barbeque sauce, divided

2 large eggs, beaten

1 ( 3 oz) package real bacon pieces

1 (1 oz) package ranch dressing (dry) mix

2 tables Worcestershire sauce

1 teas ground pepper

1/2 teas salt

1/2 cup ketchup

2 tables Dijon mustard

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 5 (5×3″) loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray

In a large bowl, stir together both meats, onions, cheese, 1/4 cup barbeque sauce and next 6 ingredients. Spoon mixture into prepared pans, packing down lightly.

Bake for 30 minutes. in a small bowl, stir together the ketchup, mustard and remaining 1/2 cup barbeque sauce and spread over the meat loaves. Bake an addition 10-15 mins or until meat is done in center (about 165 degrees in center). Let stand for 10 min before serving.

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