Another Paula Deen recipe favorite is up this week. Paula Deen’s Smokey Apple Cinnamon Meatloaf is an accidental Places In The Home house favorite. A couple of years ago on an otherwise lazy Saturday morning with coffee in hand and the remote in the other, I stumbled upon the Food Network channel and “Paula’s Best Dishes”. This particular episode featuring her recipe for smokey apple cinnamon meatloaf really caught my attention.
At first glance this recipe didn’t sound too, no wait, it did sound too much. Culinary curiosity got the better of me, and off to the kitchen I went. That was the first of many times I have prepared this recipe. I don’t top the meatloaf with bacon or the additional Paula Deen Smokey Apple Cinnamon Sauce due to personal dietary and taste preferences. I shared this recipe with my next door neighbor who does include the bacon, and her husband thinks she, and this meatloaf, is the best thing since sliced bacon!
Paula Deen’s Smokey Apple Cinnamon Meatloaf
1 1/2 lb lean ground beef
½ lb ground pork
½ cup Vidalia onion, finely chopped
1 large egg
3/4 cup applesauce
1 cup Plain bread crumbs
1 cup Paula Deen Smokey Apple Cinnamon Sauce, divided
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
3 slices of uncooked bacon
additional Paula Deen Smokey Apple Cinnamon Sauce for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a loaf or casserole pan with foil. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, onion, egg, applesauce, bread crumbs, 3 Tablespoons of Paula Deen Smokey Apple Cinnamon Sauce, salt and pepper. Mix well.
Form the meat loaf mixture into a loaf shape and press into the prepared pan.
Brush the top of the meat loaf with half of the remaining Smokey Apple Cinnamon Sauce and top with 3 slices of bacon. Back for 1 ½ to 2 hours.
In the last 10 minutes of baking, brush the remaining Smokey Apple Cinnamon Sauce over the top of the bacon and return to the oven.