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Meatloaf With Mashed Potatoes And Cheese


Meatloaf With Mashed Potatoes And Cheese

This Meatloaf Casserole is like a Cowboy Shepherd’s Pie Fluffy mashed potatoes that have been loaded with cheese, bacon topping a classic meatloaf recipe.

All the flavors kids love! Plus calling it a Cowboy Meatloaf Casserole gets kids to gobble it down.

Ingredients:

For The Meatloaf:

3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Cups Brown Onion, Diced

1½ Cups Celery with Center Leaves, Diced

1 Tablespoon Fresh Garlic, Minced

3 Large Eggs, Beaten

⅔ Cup Whole Milk

1 Tablespoon Flat Leaf Parsley, Minced

1 Tablespoon Fresh Chives, Minced

1 Teaspoon Fresh Thyme Leaves

1 Tablespoon Coarse Ground Pepper

1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt

2½ Cups Breadcrumbs

2 Lbs Ground Beef, 15% Fat

1 Lb Ground Pork

For The Mashed Potatoes:

5 Large Russet Potatoes, Peeled and Cut Into Uniform Pieces About 1½" In Size

1 Cube Salted Butter, Cut Into Small Pieces and Softened to Room Temperature

½ Cup Warm Whole Milk

½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt

½ Teaspoon Coarse Ground Pepper

3 Cups Medium Cheddar Cheese, Grated

Instructions:

For the Meatloaf:

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the diced onion, celery & minced garlic.

Saute the vegetables, stirring occasionally for about 7 minutes or until they are translucent and just beginning to brown. Now set them aside.

Break the eggs into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Using a fork, lightly beat the eggs.

Add the milk to the beaten eggs.

Stir in the parsley, chives, thyme, and salt & pepper.

Place the breadcrumbs and the sauteed vegetables in a large bowl.

Add the pork and ground beef and pour the egg mixture over everything.

Using clean hands, gently mix the vegetables, bread crumbs, and egg mixture into the meat, making sure it is well combined.

Grease a 12" x 9" x 2½" high-sided, rectangular casserole dish.

Gently press the meatloaf mixture into the dish.

Place the meatloaf into the 350° F, preheated oven. Set your timer for 40 minutes.

Bake the meatloaf until a thermometer inserted into the middle of the meat registers 155° F.

While the meatloaf cooks make the mashed potatoes.

For The Mashed Potatoes:

Place potatoes a large saucepan and cover them with water.

Add 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt to the water.

Gently boil the potatoes until they are fork-tender.

Drain the potatoes well, then quickly return them to the warm saucepan in which they were boiled. Add the cubed butter, the warmed milk, and the salt & pepper.

Using a handheld mixer, beat the potatoes into the milk and butter until they achieve a smooth, creamy consistency.

These mashed potatoes will be somewhat thick inconsistency.

Cover the pot and set the potatoes aside, preferably in a warming drawer, where they will stay warm until the meatloaf is finished cooking.

Assembling The Dish:

The meatloaf is ready when it has reached an internal temperature of 155° F.

Remove the meatloaf from the oven but do not turn the oven off.

Carefully drain off and discard any excess fat that may have accumulated around the meat while it cooked.

Spoon the warm mashed potatoes over the warm, fully-cooked meatloaf.

Using a spatula, spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the meat.

Sprinkle the potatoes with the grated cheddar cheese.

Return the Meatloaf with Cheesy Mashed Potatoes to the oven and cook until the cheese has melted.

Slice into squares and serve hot from the oven.

And Enjoy...!

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