Veal-and-Mushroom Meatloaf with Bacon Recipe

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Megan Bates Modified: March 25, 2022
Veal-and-Mushroom Meatloaf with Bacon Recipe

How To Make Veal-and-Mushroom Meatloaf with Bacon

Make dinner nights special with this mushroom meatloaf, made with delicately flavored veal, bell peppers, and salty bacon, for a decadently hearty meal!

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour 30 minutes
Rest Time: 30 minutes
Total: 2 hours 15 minutes



  • 4tbspunsalted butter
  • ½lbwhite mushrooms
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1medium onion
  • 1medium green bell pepper
  • ½lbbacon,lean, thick cut
  • lbground veal,(not too lean)
  • 1cupoyster crackers
  • ¼cupketchup
  • ¼cuphorseradish,drained, prepared
  • 1large egg
  • 1tbspall purpose flour
  • 1cupsour cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and cook over moderate heat for about 4 minutes, until they release their liquid.

  3. Increase the heat to moderately high and cook, stirring, for about 4 minutes longer until browned. Add the onion, bell pepper, and 1 tablespoon of the butter.

  4. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, until the onion and bell pepper soften. Let cool to room temperature.

  5. Mince the chopped bacon in a food processor.

  6. In a large bowl, combine the minced bacon with the veal, cracker crumbs, ketchup, horseradish, egg, and the cooled mushroom mixture. Season with salt and pepper and mix thoroughly with hands.

  7. Sauté a small piece of the meatloaf mixture in the skillet over moderate heat and taste for seasoning. Add more salt and pepper to the meatloaf mixture, if necessary.

  8. Pack the meat into a 2-quart loaf pan and arrange the halved bacon strips on top.

  9. Bake the meat loaf for 1¼ hours, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 140 degrees F.

  10. Drain the pan juices into a heatproof bowl and skim off the fat. There should be ⅔ cup of juices.

  11. Preheat the broiler.

  12. Broil the meatloaf 5 inches from the heat for 1 minute, or until the bacon is browned.

  13. Let the meat loaf rest in the pan for at least 10 or for up to 30 minutes.

  14. In a small saucepan, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter over low heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth, then whisk in the reserved pan juices.

  15. Bring the sauce to a simmer, whisking constantly, until thickened. Add the sour cream and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes, until hot; do not let the sauce boil. Season with salt and pepper.

  16. Thickly slice the meatloaf and serve with the sour cream sauce. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 454.35kcal
  • Fat: 34.01g
  • Saturated Fat: 14.64g
  • Trans Fat: 1.02g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 13.59g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.05g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.01g
  • Fiber: 1.16g
  • Sugar: 3.93g
  • Protein: 26.72g
  • Cholesterol: 113.31mg
  • Sodium: 542.57mg
  • Calcium: 57.01mg
  • Potassium: 467.73mg
  • Iron: 2.35mg
  • Vitamin A: 93.76µg
  • Vitamin C: 12.80mg
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