4 slices bacon
1 1/2 lbs lean ground chuck or 1 1/2 lbs ground round…
1 cup firm fresh white breadcrumbs
1 cup coarsely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 large sweet onion, chopped ( vidalia)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
2 teaspoons dry mustard
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 cup ketchup
Preheat the oven to 350.
In medium skillet,cook bacon over medium heat until it is limp& some fat is rendered,3-4 minutes.
Remove bacon from the skillet and reserve it,set aside.
In large mixing bowl,use your hands to gently but thoroughly mix together: meat,bread crumbs,1/2 cup cheese,onion,mayo,relish,mustard¸å pepper and egg.
Pat mixture into a shallow 2-quart baking pan.
Spread top of the loaf with the ketchup then lay bacon strips over the ketchup.
Bake until loaf is firm& the bacon is crisp,45 to 50 minutes.
Sprinkling top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese to melt during last 5-10 minutes of baking (Internal temperature should be 155).
Let meatloaf stand in the baking dish for 10 minutes,then cut into squares to serve.