Sunday, December 21, 2014

Bacon-Wrapped Maple & Brown Sugar Mini Meatloaves

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I've been on a Meatloaf Mission since I've started cooking for my husband, some 7 years ago. There have been plenty of good meatloaves served at our dinner table, but nothing spectacular. Not until now. My mission has come to an end as I now have "My Meatloaf"! My secret ingredient? Quaker Life Maple & Brown Sugar Cereal. {Because what fun is a fabulous recipe without a secret ingredient?!?} I already had my heart set on making these Bacon-Wrapped Maple & Brown Sugar Mini Meatloaves, but decided to jazz them up a bit by replacing regular breadcrumbs with cereal breadcrumbs. DIY Maple & Brown Sugar Breadcrumbs - with just a push of the food processor ON button.

It takes 2 cups of Quaker Life Maple & Brown Sugar Cereal to make ¾ cup Maple & Brown Sugar Breadcrumbs. And while I realize they're not technically "breadcrumbs", since they're not made of actual bread - they do the same job, so stick with me here. This recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Maple & Brown Sugar Mini Meatloaves calls for ¾ cup of Maple & Brown Sugar Breadcrumbs which means there is still an almost-full box of Quaker Life Cereal left to enjoy in the morning for breakfast. {Bonus!} I love the sweet and crunchy goodness of Life cereal to kick off my day and lucky for me, my kids do too - so it's a cereal we all agree on. {Double Bonus!!}

These Bacon-Wrapped Maple & Brown Sugar Mini Meatloaves are incredibly moist, ultra flavorful and have even the most anti-meatloaf person finishing their plate. {true story, my children are the proof!} I am so excited to be sharing this recipe with you - it's a keeper!!

Bacon-Wrapped Maple & Brown Sugar Mini Meatloaves
yields five 1-cup loaves
1½ lbs ground beef
½ cup onion, chopped
½ cup green bell pepper, chopped
¾ cup Maple & Brown Sugar Breadcrumbs {see recipe below}
2 eggs
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
¼ cup ketchup
½ cup milk
1 ½ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
5 slices bacon
¼ cup ketchup
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1.Heat oven to 350
2.Mix together all ingredients except bacon {first 11 ingredients} until well combined. Measure out five 1 cup portions and shape into small loaves. Place on baking sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
3.After loaves have chilled, wrap one piece of bacon around each loaf.
4.Bake for 30-35 minutes, until loaves have started to brown. Remove from oven, raise temperature of oven to 400.
5.Mix together glaze ingredients {this can be done while loaves are in oven} and brush onto loaves.
6.Bake for additional 10 minutes.
7.Serve and enjoy!!

Maple & Brown Sugar Breadcrumbs
{yields ¾ cup breadcrumbs}
2 cups Quaker Life Maple & Brown Sugar Cereal
1.Place cereal in food processor.

I was able to get all the ingredients for this recipe at Walmart, where they have an excellent range of Quaker products. Discover the goodness of Quaker Oats with Quaker Life, Oatmeal Squares, Real Medleys, or Simply Granola products - so many delicious choices!

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