Meatloaf is usually a boring, uninspiring entree, reserved for weeknight dinners when you can’t be bothered to get your creative juices flowing. Would you consider serving a meatloaf for a special occasion? With this showstopper, you certainly should! This meatloaf has it all – a juicy, flavorful chicken base with a cheesy, herby mushroom stuffing and it’s all wrapped up in crisp, golden bacon.
Unlike duck, lamb or prime rib – which are all delicious in their own special way, you don’t need to break the bank to serve this to a crowd. All the ingredients are very inexpensive and can easily be found in any grocery store, even if you live in the middle of nowhere and your local market never carries things like artichokes, truffles, kumquats or pomegranate molasses.
You also don’t have to worry about picky eaters, since most people like chicken. I love cooking for big parties, the more the merrier, but it does make menu planning a bit of a challenge. Uncle Harry likes his meat rare, while cousin Matilda faints if her meat has the slightest pink tinge. Little Petya and three of his buddies think lamb tastes weird and duck isn’t any better. Don’t get me started on all the people who don’t eat pork or hate seafood. I’m sure you’ve all been there. No such worries with this people pleasing entree.
The best part about this meatloaf, especially for busy, festive dinner parties, is that you can assemble it entirely ahead of time and then just bake it before your guests arrive. How awesome is that? You can put on your fancy dress, have time to do your makeup and walk around your kitchen, singing along to the music playing in the background without trying to juggle seven different things at once. There is no better way to start a party than having a relaxed and happy host. …