Heat the oven to 350F. In a small skillet, heat the oil; add the onions and cook over medium heat until soft, about 4 min. Add the garlic and saute another 1 to 2 min. to soften. Set aside to cool.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients except the bacon, and add the cooled onion-garlic mixture. Mix with a rubber spatula or your hands just until the ingredients are combined. Don't overwork the meat.
Oil a rimmed baking sheet or jelly roll pan, turn the meat mixture out onto the pan, and shape it into a large loaf (I like mine to look like a slightly oval loaf of bread). Or divide the mixture into four equal portions (about 6 oz. each) and shape each portion into an individual meatloaf. Wrap strips of bacon around the shaped loaf, tucking the ends under the loaf.
Bake the meatloaf until an instant-read thermometer registers 160F, 50 to 60 min. for a large loaf, or 25 to 35 min. for smaller loaves. Before slicing, let the meatloaf rest for 10 to 15 min. to allow some carryover cooking and to let the juices redistribute. To serve, slice and spoon some of the pan juices over the slices, if you like.
For a little extra color, saute 1 cup diced red, green, and yellow bell peppers along with the onions and garlic; when cool, fold them into the rest of the mixture.
The simple addition of 1/4 cup shredded basil and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese will offer another level of flavor, or you could add a tablespoon of a favorite fresh herb, such as thyme or rosemary.
At the restaurant, we shape the meatloaf into individual loaves, and you can do this at home too. Just divide the raw mixture into four (or more) parts and shape mini meatloaves.
You can also double this recipe easily, but make only the quantity you want to bake: I don't recommend keeping the raw meatloaf mixture on hand once all the ingredients are combined.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (709g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 590 (52%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 65.6g||87 %|
|Saturated Fat 33g||165 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 23.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 4g|
|Cholesterol 291.1mg||90 %|
|Sodium 1236.5mg||43 %|
|Potassium 2109.6mg||56 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 70.4g||21 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.1g||5 %|
|Sugars, other 69.2g|
|Protein 65.9g||94 %|
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Calories per serving: 1135
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