It's hard to believe I'm never blogged about my meatloaf recipe. Meatloaf is the quintessential comfort food, and there's nothing better than a leftover meatloaf sandwich. This recipe is also special to me because it is one of the first meals I made for R after we moved in together and I finally had my own kitchen. It's from Cook's Illustrated (of course) and it uses not one, not two, but three ground meats (beef, veal and pork). I had the first two from the meat CSA, but unfortunately had to go get the ground pork from the supermarket.
The two things that make this recipe different? The first is that you shape the loaf free form on a shallow baking sheet, instead of a loaf pan. This allows more browning and the meat doesn't stew in it's own juices. The second is you wrap the whole baby in bacon. The fat from the bacon renders imparts a lovely smoky flavor to the meat loaf. Plus, Bacon makes everything better, right? Serve with a side of mashed potatoes and you are in comfort food bliss.