- Preparation Time: 20 min
- Total Cooking time: 1 hr
Perfect COMFORT food. This is a combination of about 3 or 4 different recipes…so feel free to ad lib!
|1||cup||(1/2 medium) white onion, finely chopped|
|2||medium||garlic cloves, minced|
|2||Tbsp||Dijon mustard (or any spicy mustard)|
|1/2||tsp||freshly ground black pepper|
|1.5 – 2||lbs||ground beef|
|1||cup||crushed saltine crackers (about 20) (or breadcrumbs)|
|1/4||cup||finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves|
Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking rack with foil & poke holes in it with a fork. Place another sheet of foil on a cookie sheet and set aside.
Heat oil over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the onion, garlic and thyme and cook until softened, about 3 minutes; set aside.
In a large bowl, add the eggs, buttermilk*, mustard, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper.
*To make buttermilk: 1 Tbsp white vinegar and 1 cup of milk- let stand for 5 minutes.
Whisk until the eggs are broken up and evenly combined. Add the onion mixture, ground beef, cracker (or bread) crumbs, and parsley. Mix gently until thoroughly combined (don’t squeeze mixture).
Dampen your hands, and put the meat on the prepared baking sheet. Form the meat into a loaf (aprox 9 by 5- inch). Arrange the bacon across the top of the loaf, kris cross style, tucking the ends under. Make the Glaze in a small bowl with 2 Tbsp brown sugar, ¼ cup ketchup, 1 Tablespoon Chili paste (spicy) Mix “glaze” ingredients together and brush the glaze over the top & sides of loaf.
Bake about 55 to 65 minutes.
Remove from the oven to a cutting board and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing and serving.