Rachel's Table

For the Love of Bacon

I’m lucky enough to have some really great friends. Old friends, new friends, close friends, and long distance friends. As I was thinking about my friend line-up today, I realized my friends and I share an all-encompassing, very important commonality: a mutual love of bacon.

Misty, my best friend since tenth grade, likes her bacon chewy, not crispy.

Julie, my artist friend, loves her bacon wrapped around a cheese-filled jalapeno and grilled.

Nicole, my traveling companion friend, likes her bacon any way possible.

Allison, my favorite Massachusetts friend, likes her bacon on a slice of toasted pumpernickel with sharp white cheddar and an egg over easy (this girl knows what she wants).

Natalie, my chef friend, loves bacon in all forms and will cook you up something delicious at the drop of a hat.

Phil, my friend who loves to cook and eat with gusto, likes his bacon in the form of pancetta, which he makes himself.

And Jules, my blogging friend, likes her bacon in ornament form (click here to learn more) or layered evenly and prettily over turkey meatloaf. Being the dear friend that she is, Jules has agreed to share the recipe with us today.

Jules was definitely drinking while making this meatloaf

Jules was definitely drinking while making this meatloaf

Prepare yourself to be amazed:

A year or two ago, when I saw we had ground turkey and bacon in the fridge, I decided to experiment.

The resultant recipe soon turned into one of my favorite go-to meals during the week, when I want to make something simple, hearty and delicious. I’ll whip up this feisty loaf on my lunch break and stick it in the fridge until it’s time to bake. (I wait to put the sauce on until just before baking.)

It’s nearly impossible to screw this up, so feel free to get drunk while making it creative. And if you don’t like spicy food? Use mild peppers and leave out the Sriracha sauce!

Spicy Turkey Meatloaf (with BACON!!!!)

Serves 4

Meatloaf

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 of your favorite spicy peppers, finely chopped (I like sereno, jalapeno and Habanero, or peppers from Peppermeister‘s garden)
  • 1-2 T vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. oatmeal (I use steel-cut; you can also substitute with bread crumbs)
  • 3-4 oz. pepper jack and/or cheddar cheese, shredded (you can use just about any kind of cheese you like)
  • 1.2-1.5 lbs. ground turkey (1 package)
  • 6 strips of bacon, uncooked
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Sauce

Preheat oven to 350 F. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and saute the onions, garlic and peppers until softened (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool.

Loaf-pan

In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, egg, oatmeal and cheese. Add the cooked onion mixture and salt and pepper to taste.

Loaf-bowl

Form a loaf in a medium-sized baking dish or loaf pan.

Loaf-shaped

Cover with bacon. There is no way to do this wrong, but the quality of the bacon will make a big difference, so don’t skimp if you don’t have to.

This is the reason my life feels fulfilled without children.

This is the reason my life feels fulfilled without children.

In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and Sriracha sauce and pour over the meatloaf.

Loaf-sauce

Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let stand 5-10 minutes.

Loaf-final

Slice and serve!

Loaf-plated

This is fantastic the next day, too, if you can leave any!

Thanks for a bacon-licious idea, Jules! I love you (almost as much as I love bacon)! If you haven’t visited Jules’ blog yet, go see what she’s up to today on Go Jules Go.

So tell me, what’s YOUR favorite way to eat bacon?

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29 comments

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  2. That is an impressive bacon-loving friend line-up! But chewy bacon, and she’s still your best friend? That’s big of you to overlook something like that. I’m not sure I could do it.

    That picture of my head is MASSIVE. I’d apologize for it, but I think the last picture here makes up for it.

    • I KNEW Misty was going to take some lumps for the chewy bacon. I remember the day I found out about her chewy bacon preference. I was shocked. But I love her anyway.

      Yes, looking back on it, I can see that your head was massive, but I’ve made some changes, so now this comment is irrelevant.

  3. Ok, when I first started reading this, I was like, “huh, I didn’t know I was her BEST FRIEND. That’s pretty special!” Then as I read further and saw that “Misty” (if that is indeed her REAL name) likes soggy bacon, and just knew that couldn’t possibly be me! (I like mine crispy, btw). But the fact that you now have TWO Mistys in your life is pretty spectacular. I can go years without ever running into another of me. Weird. (And don’t think I didn’t notice that Misty & Julie were your first two names listed. It’s like you are collecting people by those names! :p)

    Ok, on to the meat of this post (see what I did there? Didja, didja?) That looks like an absolutely scrumptious recipe. Although, it begs the question . . . why don’t I have any peppers from Pep’s garden yet? Jules . . . can you get on that please? Thanks. 🙂

    • Misty is a GREAT name. That’s why I always force my friendship on anyone with that moniker (isn’t that a good word?).

      You should have Pep send you some seeds then you can grow your own Peppermeister peppers!

  4. I can attest to the deliciousness of this dish. The bacon permeates into the whole loaf and the sriracha ketchup is sweet and spicy. Sometimes I will display the ingredients in the fridge in an appealing way just to entice Julie into making this.
    For the Superbowl this year, I made Roasted jalapenos stuffed with BACON, chorizo, cheese and more peppers. Needless to say, it was awesome.

    • I think the sriracha ketchup sounds like the best part! (But don’t tell the bacon that.)

      Chorizo AND bacon, together in one bite?! You, my friend, are a hedonist (and a genius).

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  6. So I was just emailing Jules and realized I hadn’t seen your posts in my reader since who knows… and now I see I’d never “followed” you. I feel really dumb. Sorry – I’d swear I did so ages ago! If nothing else, the bacon recipes I’ve missed!

    • I think you were confused, because I’ve been on Jules’ blog so much. You just assumed you followed me because I’m always popping up over there.

      All is forgiven, so I’ll put away my B-Man voodoo doll. For now. 😉

      Seriously–glad you joined us!

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