MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES

As I mentioned in the last edition of Sundays With Celia, I recently made one of my most well-loved recipes, Meatloaf With Cheesy Mashed Potatoes for a small dinner party I hosted. This is my kid’s favorite dish, the one they all ask me to make for them when they come home. I hadn’t made this, the ultimate Comfort Food in awhile so this time my husband requested it. I thought it was also about time I shared this unique and delicious, kid-approved dish with you too.

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

 

So let’s get started…

When following a new recipe, I always advice people to do 2 things: read the recipe in its entirety, and assemble all the necessary ingredients before you begin. This speeds up the cooking process and helps insure that you don’t leave something out or make mistakes. So, here’s what you’ll need to make my recipe for Meatloaf With Cheesy Mashed Potatoes:

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

 

Preheat your oven to 350° F.

For The Meatloaf

  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Cups Brown Onion, Diced
  • 1 1/2 Cups Celery with Center Leaves, Diced
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Garlic, Minced
  • 3 Large Eggs, Beaten
  • 2/3 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
  • 2 1/2 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 1 1/2″ In Size
  • 1 Cube Salted Butter, Cut Into Small Pieces and Softened to Room Temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Warm Whole Milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Coarse Ground Pepper

For The Topping

  • 3 Cups Medium Cheddar Cheese, Grated

Let’s get started making the meatloaf first. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the diced onion, celery & minced garlic.

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

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

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Break the eggs into a medium sized mixing bowl.

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Using a fork, lightly beat the eggs.

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Add the milk to the beaten eggs.

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Next, stir in the parsley, chives and thyme…

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

along with the salt & pepper.

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Mix the wet ingredients to combine.

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

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.

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Grease a 12″ x 9″ x 2 1/2″ high-sided, rectangular casserole dish. This Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware 12-by-9-Inch Rectangular Dish would be ideal. My son gave me one last Christmas and I love it!

Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware 12-by-9-Inch Covered Rectangular Dish, White

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.

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

You’ll need 5 large russet potatoes that have been peeled and brown parts removed. I use russet potatoes for these mashed potatoes because they produce a dryer mashed potato, perfect for this dish.

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Make sure your potatoes are cut into uniform pieces, about 1 1/2″ in size. Place them in a large saucepan and cover them with water. Add 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt to the water and place them on the stove over medium heat.

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

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.

NOTE: I use coarse black pepper for these potatoes. Many people prefer fine ground white pepper for their mashed potatoes but for this dish I like the texture and the taste of the black pepper.

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.comMEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

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

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Hopefully by this time your meatloaf is ready, having 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.

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

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

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

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

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Sprinkle the potatoes with the grated cheddar cheese.

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

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

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Slice into squares and serve hot from the oven.

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

 

ENJOY!

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES | Recipe @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

 

Here’s the handy printable recipe.

 

MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES
 
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This is my kid's most requested meal. It's a main dish and a side dish all in one. I usually serve it with peas on the side to round out the meal. This dish is guaranteed to be a hit with your family too.
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
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
  1. For the Meatloaf
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the diced onion, celery & minced garlic.
  3. Saute the vegetables, stirring occasionally for about 7 minutes or until they are translucent and just beginning to brown. Now set them aside.
  4. Break the eggs into a medium sized mixing bowl. Using a fork, lightly beat the eggs.
  5. Add the milk to the beaten eggs.
  6. Stir in the parsley, chives, thyme and salt & pepper.
  7. Place the breadcrumbs and the sauteed vegetables in a large bowl.
  8. Add the pork and ground beef and pour the egg mixture over everything.
  9. Using clean hands, gently mix the vegetables, bread crumbs and egg mixture into the meat, making sure it is well combined.
  10. Grease a 12" x 9" x 2½" high-sided, rectangular casserole dish.
  11. Gently press the meatloaf mixture into the dish.
  12. Place the meatloaf into the 350° F, preheated oven . Set your timer for 40 minutes.
  13. Bake the meatloaf until a thermometer inserted into the middle of the meat registers 155° F.
  14. While the meatloaf cooks make the mashed potatoes.
  15. For The Mashed Potatoes
  16. Place potatoes a large saucepan and cover them with water.
  17. Add 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt to the water.
  18. Gently boil the potatoes until they are fork-tender.
  19. 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.
  20. Using a handheld mixer, beat the potatoes into the milk and butter until they achieve a smooth, creamy consistency.
  21. These mashed potatoes will be somewhat thick in consistency.
  22. Cover the pot and set the potatoes aside, preferably in a warming drawer, where they will stay warm until the meatloaf is finished cooking.
  23. Assembling The Dish
  24. The meatloaf is ready when it has reached an internal temperature of 155° F.
  25. Remove the meatloaf from the oven but do not turn the oven off.
  26. Carefully drain off and discard any excess fat that may have accumulated around the meat while it cooked.
  27. Spoon the warm mashed potatoes over the warm, fully-cooked meatloaf.
  28. Using a spatula, spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the meat.
  29. Sprinkle the potatoes with the grated cheddar cheese.
  30. Return the Meatloaf with Cheesy Mashed Potatoes to the oven and cook until the cheese has melted.
  31. Slice into squares and serve hot from the oven.
  32. ENJOY!
Notes
Keep leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

So there you have it: MEATLOAF WITH CHEESY MASHED POTATOES

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Comments

  • This looks dangerous but delicious!!

  • Anything really, really good is a bit dangerous. Why is that?? Wish it wasn’t so. But this dish truly is Comfort Food so it makes up for any danger in the “Comfort” effect.

  • Crazy good comfort food. Perfect for Fall. Thanks for sharing another delicious looking recipe.

  • Thank you Vanessa! Since you’ve told me your hubby is the cook in your family you’ll have to ask him to make it for you. I think you’ll like it.

  • Teresa B

    I love all your recipes! However, my husband and I both detest onions, so I never include them. Even more challenging – he doesn’t like celery. Any suggestions on substitutes for onions and celery?

  • Hi Teresa. It’s a good thing both of you feel the same way about onions. I don’t care for raw onions and my husband loves them, so we are always arguing over the use of onions. In fact, what my husband loves about this recipe is the onion flavor. That said, I don’t think it would harm the recipe at all if you left out both the onions and the celery. But maybe reduce the amount of breadcrumbs by about 1/2 cup because the onions and celery do add moisture to the meat, which you will be losing. I can’t think of a way of substituting them, although when you cook the celery you really don’t even know they are there. Dice them up real small and you might be able to leave them in and your husband might not even notice. If you like garlic you might increase the quantity of garlic to give it added flavor. If you decide to make the recipe let me know how it turns out.

  • Teresa B

    Great tips! I do think if I finely dice the celery he will never notice 😉 Thanks so much for the help. I love your recipes!