Whenever I think of meatloaf I think of the scene in Christmas Story (filmed in Cleveland. woohaa) where Ralphie who is dreading eating his mother's meatloaf says "meatloaf, smeatloaf, double boatload...I hate meatloaf!" Man does that movie just slay me. Although I have no idea what was in Ralphie's mom meatloaf this version is sure to make you and your children much happier.
Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon
1 hr 35 min
20 min
6 to 8 servings
1 hr 35 min
20 min
6 to 8 servings


  • Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, minced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups day-old bread, crust removed, small diced
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 8 ounces ground bacon
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • Serving suggestions: Mashed potatoes, potato salad


Watch how to make this recipe.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray. 

Melt the butter in a medium saute pan and add the onions and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Sweat the onions, and then add the garlic and continue to cook. Stir in the chipotle powder and paprika and lightly toast with the onion mixture. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. 

Meanwhile, soak the bread in the milk until completely soft and hydrated. Squeeze out the excess milk and transfer to a large bowl along with the onion mixture, chuck, bacon, parsley, black pepper, eggs and remaining salt. Mix together. 

Pack this mixture into a loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. Let cool slightly (it will be easier to slice). 

Slice the meatloaf and serve it with your favorite mashed potatoes or potato salad.

Cook's Note

This meatloaf also makes for a great late night snack, as well as a cold sandwich!


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