As a child I hated meatloaf. After growing up and being forced on a few occasions to eat (or at least pretend to eat) meatloaf other than my moms, I realized that her meatloaf was not as bad as the average meatloaf. Then, as I began cooking on my own, I learned how to take mom’s meatloaf and improve upon it. I mean what isn’t better with the worlds best food, mashed potatoes, spread all over it? My girls grew up eating this and never realized until a few years ago that not all meatloaf was served with creamy mashed potatoes and melted cheddar atop!
- 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup milk
- 3/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs, plain
- 2 tablespoons dried minced onion or 1/2 cup finely minced onion
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup ketchup (plus more for topping)
Mix all ingredients with clean hands and firmly press into 9 inch glass pie plate coated with cooking spray. Top generously with ketchup, yes top it with ketchup, even though you are going to cover again with mashed potatoes. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 45 -60 minutes or until well done.
While Meatloaf is baking prepare mashed potatoes.
- 6 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1/2 cup warm milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Dash pepper
Boil potates in a large sauce pan until tender but do not let them fall apart. Drain completely and then whip with an electric hand mixer along with remaining ingredients.
When meatloaf is done, remove from oven and drain. Frost meatloaf generously (about 1-2 inches high) with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle potatoes with one cup of shredded real cheddar cheese and return to oven until cheese is bubbly. Eat any left over mashed potateoes right out of the pan while waiting for the cheese to melt. Serve with green salad or green peas and buttered brown and serve rolls.
If you have to eat meatloaf, let it be covered in creamy mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese!
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Debbie Williams is the author of Recipes that Remember, a recipe blog dedicated to her mother who passed away from Alzheimer's disease in 2010. Learn more »