Make Ahead Bacon-Wrapped Mini Meatloaves

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Can you believe it?  I’m actually posting a new MAKE AHEAD recipe!  I’m sorry that it has been so long!  Between teaching, reviewing products, remodeling our kitchen, and spending time with my new puppy, I haven’t had much time for new recipes around here.

You’re going to love this meatloaf!  I have made several batches of it already and it sure comes in handy when I need something quick to make after a long day at work.  It’s so easy to prepare!  You can cook the frozen meatloaves straight from the freezer in 40-45 minutes!

The inspiration for this recipe came from a delicious meatloaf that I enjoyed at my mom’s house.  Here is the secret to my mom’s tender meatloaf…


Fresh Meatball & Meatloaf Mix  (a blend of ground beef, pork and veal)


Do you use this blend of meat in your recipes?  I think it makes a huge difference.

The meatloaf comes out so juicy and tender!



My mom also uses a packet of Ranch Salad Dressing Seasoning Mix in the meatloaf.



I measure ½ cup of the meatloaf mixture and place it on the center of some plastic wrap.

Then I secure a slice of bacon around it with a toothpick.



This recipe makes 12 servings, but you can always make them bigger and cook them a bit longer.



Place them in a freezer bag and make sure to remove as much air as possible.


I usually cook two for Dave and one for me (but to be honest, I would love to eat two!)


These frozen mini meatloaves would be great to give to a new Mom or someone recuperating from surgery or an illness.  It will help them get part of their dinner made in a jiffy.  Give them a try and let me know how you like them!


This recipe was shared on the following Linky Parties: Foodie Friends Friday, Full Plate Thursday, Foodie Friday, I’m Lovin’ It, Strut Yourself Saturday, Your Great Idea, Share It Saturday, Friday Link Party, Your Creative Timeout Party

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    What a great idea! I love the way you froze them! Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back next week and join us again!

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    Good Morning Jane,
    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a lovely week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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    Wendy says

    Hey, I recognize that meatloaf mix!! I live 2 miles from their building in Collingswood. Funny, because I’ve never seen their products in the store! LOL They’re right across the street from our nearest Aldi Market.

    Honestly, though, I’ve never used meatloaf mix to make meatloaf. The only way I’ve ever made it was with ground beef. Is there really a difference?

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    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    Emily says

    How long and what temp. would you cook the mini meatloaves if they are fresh… not frozen. Thanks.

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      Jane says

      Cook at 400 degrees F for 30-40 minutes. When it reaches 160 degrees F, you might want to broil it for a minute or two the crisp up the bacon.

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    Debbie B says

    This is an amazing recipe! The entire family absolutely loved them! I have 2 growing boys and a husband so they eat 2 and 3 of these little babies, so I doubled this recipe so that I would have plenty to freeze. This is a keeper!

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    Gina M says

    Thanks for the recipe! I made and froze a bunch this weekend and can’t wait to try them soon for dinner. I just realized that I don’t know if it’s better to defrost them ahead of time or cook frozen. (I apologize if you had this information in your recipe above…I’ve read it a few times and don’t see it. My brain turns to mush after a busy work day. :-)

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    Gina M says

    Never mind…I just found the info above. Sorry! Thanks again for the make ahead recipes–they are a true blessing for busy working moms!!

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