My mouth watered as I read the "Bacon Explosion" article by Brandon Hernandez in the latest West Coaster magazine. The story featured a conversation between Brandon Hernandez and Stephanie Peterson at The Lost Abbey, along with eye-popping photos of braided meatloaf with bacon. I tried my own version for Sunday's family meal. I ground two pounds of chuck roast and added one pound of ground pork, along with Dijon mustard, panko breadcrumbs, buttermilk and additional meatloaf ingredients, then had my hand at the braiding. Since this was old-school fun, the meal included mashed potatoes and gravy, salad with poppy seed dressing, and home-made cheese bread. Try it, you'll like it.
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