Here is an easy recipe for some comfort food goodness! Because #everythingsbetterwithbacon.
Cook/Prep time – about 2 hours
- 1 pound 80/20 ground chuck
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 large shallot
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 mini sweet pepper (any color)
- 3 tbsp milk
- 3 tbsp ketchup
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 3 strips bacon (optional)
Add the panko and milk to a mixing bowl and let them soak for a few minutes. Finely chop the shallot, garlic, pepper and rosemary and add to the panko mixture. Add the salt. pepper, egg and 1 1/2 tbsp ketchup to the mixture.
Add the ground beef and blend gently with the panko mixture. Do not overmix.
Spray two mini loaf pans. Cut some wax paper to fit in the pans like this, leaving enough wax paper to hang over the edge of the pans.
Divide the meatloaf into the two loaf pans. Press and pack firmly. Turn the loaf pans upside down onto a baking sheet and grip the wax paper to pull the meat loaves out of the pans. Make sure that the baking sheet is deep enough to catch the fat that will be released, or use a drain rack. Place the meat loaves in the refrigerator for about an hour.
*Note – you could bake the meat loaves in the pan, but all the grease would be released into the loaf pans and make for a greasy mess.
Next, I’m going to make one of these topped with ketchup for my wife Susan to help keep her Weight Watcher points down and I’m going to bacon wrap one of these for myself because everything is better with bacon. Set the three strips of bacon on a cutting board and set the meatloaf on the bacon and roll the bacon around the meat.
Spread the other 1 1/2 tbsp of ketchup over the other meatloaf. Put in air fryer and set to 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Not all air fryers cook the same. Check every 10 minutes and cook to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
Suggested music for your listening pleasure while preparing these meat loaves….
” Bat out of Hell” Meatloaf’s debut album released in September 1977 featuring the tracks ” Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and “Two out of Three Ain’t Bad”
“Green-Eyed Lady” by Sugarloaf from their debut album “Sugarloaf” released in august of 1971 and “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” , which features a guitar melody from the “Beatles” song “I Feel Fine” as well as a riff of “Stevie Wonder’s” hit “Superstition” From their album “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” released in November 1974.
This is the air fryer that I use. Click the picture below to see it at Amazon.