Moist and juicy comfort food. Great for family dinners, but tasty enough for company. Great with colcannon or other mashed potato dishes. Pairs well with carmenere or chianti. Caution: This is NOT a low-fat dish. Enjoy in moderation. You can use ground turkey instead of the beef without losing much flavor, if you must. Try venison or veal in place of the lamb for a change.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
2 loaves
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Thoroughly mix beef, pork, lamb, mushrooms, bread crumbs, eggs, garlic, thyme, soy sauce, soup base, parsley, and sage in a large bowl; shape into 2 loaves. Wrap bacon strips around the loaves to cover completely. Place loaves on a baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the loaves are no longer pink in the center, 90 minutes to 2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

210 calories; protein 16.5g 33% DV; carbohydrates 5.1g 2% DV; fat 13.4g 21% DV; cholesterol 80.4mg 27% DV; sodium 368.1mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2013
I am giving a high-five for spices and originality here. I do not eat ketchup bbq sauce or tomato paste/sauce and this recipe uses a great combo of spices instead of that same old tomato-based flavor. I also appreciate no onion! I made only a few small changes: I did not wrap with bacon and instead of ground pork I used Hot Pork Sausage in the mix. I used a large loaf pan and at 350 it only needed about an hour. In the middle of the loaf I placed a string cheese just for fun. There was not as much grease as you would expect I did not have to pour any off during cooking at all. The loaf did NOT crumble at all and thick slices made great sandwiches for days! Thanks for the great recipe it was perfect for our family. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2013
I am giving a high-five for spices and originality here. I do not eat ketchup bbq sauce or tomato paste/sauce and this recipe uses a great combo of spices instead of that same old tomato-based flavor. I also appreciate no onion! I made only a few small changes: I did not wrap with bacon and instead of ground pork I used Hot Pork Sausage in the mix. I used a large loaf pan and at 350 it only needed about an hour. In the middle of the loaf I placed a string cheese just for fun. There was not as much grease as you would expect I did not have to pour any off during cooking at all. The loaf did NOT crumble at all and thick slices made great sandwiches for days! Thanks for the great recipe it was perfect for our family. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2014
Great meatloaf - I think the thyme and sage gave it a somewhat unique flavor that pumped up the volume a bit and really made this meatloaf stand out against more traditional varieties. I did sub the bread crumbs out for almond flour to make it GF and I didn't experience any issues. I know the OP emphasizes that this is not a low fat dish -- which is fine with me of course (I made it and enjoyed it!) -- but the meatloaf is absolutely swimming in oil/fat when it's pulled out of the oven so just be prepared for that. I baked mine in glass loaf pans and the oil/grease/whatever was completely submerging the full lower half of the meatloaves. When they were cooked I removed the loaves from the pans and placed them on a cooling rack to drain off as much of the oil as possible. There is definitely no risk that you'll have a dry meatloaf with this recipe. This dish is very savory and very moist and my husband about died he loved it so much just be prepared for the oil/grease when you remove them from the oven. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2017
I used two pounds of ground moose and one pound of pork sausage. I increased the amount of mushrooms to 2 cups. I used Italian breadcrumbs in lieu of plain breadcrumbs. I used 1 envelop of Lipton Mushroom Onion Soup/Dip mix in lieu of the mushroom flavored soup base. I checked the temperature at 70 minutes and the center temperature was 175 so that was when I pulled the loaves out of the oven. I also used one pound of bacon to weave a lattice over the top of both loaves. Great taste. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/23/2013
Yummy. I did not wrap the loaf with bacon I covered the top instead.I topped with swiss cheese and more mushrooms. Will do this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2018
This is my best wild game meatloaf. I used 2 pounds of elk and 1 pound of pork sausage. I also. Used 2 cups of bread crumbs. Because the meatloaf was too moist with 1 cup of bread crumbs. I used Lipton mushroom and onion mix instead the mushroom onion broth. I didn t add the mushrooms to the meatloaf. But sautéed the mushrooms and covered the finished meatloaf with them. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2016
Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2020
Best meatloaf I ve ever had. Nice and moist and holds together well. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2019
Love this. Use elk and bison and sometimes lamb. Seriously the best. Sucks I am now low cholesterol diet ( bison and elk are low cholesterol but i am supposed to cut meat out) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2014
The family just loved this recipe and gobbled up both loaves. It made a very nice moist loaf that was beautiful and held up wonderfully. I didn't have mushroom soup base so I used some beef mushroom gravy that I was going to serve over the top other than that I didn't change a thing. With that being said I didn't care for it because of the spices and I knew I wouldn't so I wasn't disappointed. Be mindful (as I was) that if your not a sage and thyme fan your gonna have a bad time with this recipe but if you are this is totally one to try. Read More