Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Cheese

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Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and cheese is the ultimate hearty comfort food that will make everyone happy. The savory meatloaf is packed with flavor, and topping it with creamy mashed potatoes and melted cheese takes it over the top. This satisfying meal comes together easily with simple ingredients you likely already have on hand.

Can I Use Ground Turkey or Chicken Instead of Beef?

Absolutely! While ground beef is traditional, you can substitute ground turkey or chicken to lighten it up. The flavor will be a little different, but still tasty. Just adjust any seasonings to suit the ground meat used.

What Kind of Cheese Works Best on Top?

For the perfect gooey topping, I recommend shredded cheddar, Monterey jack, or mozzarella cheese. Parmesan also adds great flavor. Use your favorite melty cheese or cheese blend to customize it to your liking.

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What Sides Go Well with This Dish?

While this meal is nearly a full dinner on its own, a side salad or some steamed vegetables would complement it nicely. I also like to serve it with roasted broccoli or a fresh tomato salad. Simple sides are best so as not to compete with the delicious flavors.

Can I Prepare the Meatloaf Ahead of Time?

Absolutely! Prepare the meatloaf mixture up to a day ahead and store covered in the refrigerator until ready to bake. You can also fully bake the meatloaf, let it cool completely, then wrap and freeze it for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before topping with potatoes and cheese.

What Kind of Potatoes Work Best?

I prefer Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes, but any type can be used. The key is to cook them until completely tender before mashing. For the creamiest texture, put them through a ricer or food mill rather than hand mashing.

Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Cheese Recipe

Ingredients:

Meatloaf Components:
  • Beef, Ground: 1 ½ lbs
  • Onion, Chopped: 1
  • Olive Oil: 1 tbsp
  • Frozen Peas: ½ cup
  • Breadcrumbs: ¾ cup
  • Garlic, Minced: 3 tsp
  • Egg, Large: 1
  • Tomato Sauce: ¼ cup
  • Parsley, Chopped: ¼ cup
  • BBQ Sauce: ¼ cup
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste
Potato Mixture:
  • Potatoes, Peeled and Cubed: 1 ½ lbs
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: ¼ cup
  • Butter: 4 tbsp
  • Cheddar Cheese, Shredded: 1 cup
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until they are soft. Set aside to cool.
  3. Combine all meatloaf ingredients, including the cooked onions, in a mixing bowl. Knead until well mixed.
  4. Shape the mixture into a loaf and place it in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes until tender, then drain.
  6. Add butter, heavy whipping cream, and season with salt and pepper. Mash the mixture thoroughly.
  7. Spread the mashed potatoes over the baked meatloaf. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  8. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  9. Serve hot and enjoy this sumptuous meal!

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