The seasonings and vegetables give this meatloaf great flavor but the whole
grain rolled oats gives this dish a nice denseness and maintains the juicyness.
And let's face it, bacon wrapped anything is a delight to the senses.
Put a nonstick skillet on medium heat for a few minutes. Add the oil, chopped vegetables and creole seasoning. Saute for a few minutes until just tender and onions are translucent. Remove from heat to let cool.
Line a loaf pan with the bacon so the ends hang over the side of the pan.
Combine all other ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
When the vegetables are cool enough to handle put in the mixing bowl. Mix all ingredients until well incorporated but not over mixed.
Put meat mixture in the loaf pan, tamping down to compact and spread to the whole pan. Take the bacon ends and lay on top of the meat mixture. Your loaf should be entirely wrapped with bacon at this point.
Cover loosely with foil and place in oven for 1 hour.
After 1 hour remove the foil, increase the temperature to 425 and bake for another 20-25 minutes.