Bacon and cheese is probably one of the best combinations, wouldn’t you agree? I use some form of this combo for so many of my recipes! Today, I’m sharing the best meatloaf I’ve ever made: Bacon & Goat Cheese Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf.
Goat cheese is something I just don’t use enough of! It’s one of my favorite cheeses (up there with blue cheese for sure). I especially love how it tastes warm, so I knew it would be the perfect thing to stuff this meatloaf with.
This dinner recipe is so quick to throw together. Meatloaf does have to cook for awhile, you will want to plan ahead for that. But after about 15 minutes of prep work you’ll have it in the oven.
What type of meat to use for meatloaf?
I try to use ground turkey when I can, since it’s leaner than ground beef. I actually prefer it for meatloaf. If you would rather use beef, feel free to do that instead. This recipe works great with ground beef if you prefer that.
Can you make meatloaf without breadcrumbs?
I like to make my meatloaf without breadcrumbs so it’s lower in carbs, plus it’s gluten free that way! It doesn’t change the taste too much for me and the egg helps to hold the meat together. If you prefer to add breadcrumbs, add up to one cup when you mix up the meat.
How to Make Stuffed Meatloaf
To make stuffed meatloaf, first mix up the meat. I used ground turkey and mixed in eggs, chopped onions, tomato sauce, crumbled bacon and spices. I like to use my KitchenAid Mixer to make this step super easy!
Next, spread a piece of cling wrap on the counter and spread your turkey mixture into a rectangle. Place the goat cheese in the center and use the cling wrap to help you roll up the meatloaf and transfer to a loaf pan. Top with a little more tomato sauce for the finishing touch.
All that’s left to do is bake! While the meatloaf is in the oven, you have time to focus on side dishes or do something else!
Substitutions for this recipe
What to change something up for dietary reasons or because you don’t have the ingredient in the house? Here are some tips for making substitutions for this stuffed meatloaf recipe. This recipe is gluten free because it’s made without the typical breadcrumbs. Also most people who are dairy free can tolerate goats cheese so this recipe is considered dairy free.
Meat: I mentioned this earlier, but this recipe can be made with ground beef instead of ground turkey if you prefer. You can substitute turkey bacon for the regular bacon if you would like.
Cheese: I love the texture and flavor that goat cheese adds to this recipe but you can mix it up if you prefer! I have made this recipe with a couple different cheeses, such as fresh mozzarella or shredded asiago cheese. Both are delicious!
This post was originally published on A Savory Feast on March 23, 2015. The photos and post have been updated but the recipe remains the same.
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Have you ever made stuffed meatloaf? What did you use for the filling?