Cowboy Meatloaf and Potato Casserole

Cowboy Meatloaf and Potato Casserole

Ingredients

For the Meatloaf:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

For the Potato Topping:

  • 3 cups mashed potatoes (prepared from about 2 lbs potatoes)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onions or chives
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  1. Prepare the Meatloaf:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, diced onion, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, dried oregano, and shredded cheddar cheese. Mix until well combined.
  • Press the meatloaf mixture evenly into the bottom of a greased 9×13-inch baking dish.
  1. Bake the Meatloaf:
  • Bake the meatloaf in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  1. Prepare the Potato Topping:
  • While the meatloaf is baking, prepare the mashed potatoes. In a mixing bowl, combine the mashed potatoes, sour cream, milk, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon bits (if using), chopped green onions or chives, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  1. Add Potato Topping:
  • After the meatloaf has baked for 20 minutes, remove it from the oven. Spread the mashed potato mixture evenly over the top of the meatloaf.
  1. Final Baking:
  • Return the casserole to the oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden brown and the meatloaf is cooked through.
  1. Serve:
  • Let the casserole cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy your Cowboy Meatloaf and Potato Casserole with a side salad or steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

Tips:

  • For extra flavor, you can add a layer of barbecue sauce over the meatloaf mixture before adding the mashed potato topping.
  • This casserole can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to bake. Just add a few extra minutes to the baking time if baking directly from the refrigerator.

Enjoy your hearty and delicious Cowboy Meatloaf and Potato Casserole!

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