Fifty Shades of Bacon: Bacon Meatloaf & Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Sauce

A review of Awesome Bacon Meatloaf and Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce from the Fifty Shades of Bacon cookbook.

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Awesome Bacon Meatloaf & Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce

Awesome Bacon Meatloaf

Meatloaf is typically a pretty easy recipe to make – mix all the ingredients together, form into a log (or put in loaf pan), and bake.  This one wasn’t too different, but does involve wrapping the loaf in bacon before baking.

A ketchup/brown sugar mixture is made first, and about half the bacon is chopped up.  The chopped bacon and half the ketchup/brown sugar mixture is added to meatloaf mixture, along with ground beef, pork sausage, eggs, and bread crumbs.

Once formed into a log, the remaining bacon is wrapped around the log (I found it easiest to go length-wise), and then the rest of the ketchup/brown sugar mix is spread on top.

Into the oven it goes!  The recipe says to cook for 1 hour, but we cooked for an extra 20 minutes just in case.

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Taste: 7/10

It’s a good meatloaf, but not great.  The bacon wasn’t cooked all the way through, even with the extra 20 minutes in the oven, which did ruin it a little bit for me.

Difficulty: Easy

Just mix everything together, form into a loaf, add bacon and sauce, and bake.  Not difficult at all!

Cost: Pricey

You will need ground beef, spicy Italian pork sausage, bacon, ketchup, brown sugar, eggs, and bread crumbs.  All that meat does add up in cost!

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce

For this recipe, the asparagus are wrapped in bacon and then baked.  While they bake, the cheese sauce is prepared by combining the ingredients and cooking at a lower temperature to make sure the cream and cheese don’t curdle or burn.

Once the asparagus and bacon is done, the cheese sauce is poured over the asparagus and green onion is sprinkled on top.

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Taste: 10/10

The bacon was still a little under-cooked (again, after leaving it in the oven longer than the recipe calls for), but oh boy was this tasty!  Next time I would bake them for a full 30 minutes to be safe…maybe even longer…but the cheese sauce was perfect!

Difficulty: Average

You’ll want to watch that cheese sauce like a hawk!  Curdled and/or burnt cream and cheese will completely ruin this.

Cost: Average

You’ll need asparagus, “peppered bacon” (I used regular bacon and added pepper), butter, garlic, cream, crumbled gorgonzola cheese, and green onion.

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