Loaded Potato & Meatloaf Casserole




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Introduction

Prepare your taste buds for a comforting and hearty dish with Loaded Potato & Meatloaf Casserole. This recipe combines the savory goodness of meatloaf with a creamy and cheesy potato topping, creating a satisfying meal that the whole family will love.

Why Make This Recipe

Loaded Potato & Meatloaf Casserole is the perfect choice for a cozy dinner that’s easy to make and packed with flavor. It brings together two classic favorites – meatloaf and mashed potatoes – into one delicious casserole dish that is sure to become a new family favorite.

How to Make Loaded Potato & Meatloaf Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup ketchup For the Potato Layer:
  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and grease a baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Press the meatloaf mixture into the bottom of the greased baking dish and spread ketchup over the top.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes.
  5. Boil sliced potatoes until tender, then mash with sour cream, milk, butter, salt, and pepper.
  6. Spread the mashed potatoes over the partially cooked meatloaf, then top with cheese and green onions.
  7. Bake for an additional 20 minutes until cheese is melted.
  8. Let the casserole rest for 10 minutes before serving.

How to Serve Loaded Potato & Meatloaf Casserole

Serve up generous portions of the casserole while it’s still warm, allowing the flavors to meld together. Pair it with a side salad or steamed vegetables for a complete and satisfying meal.

How to Store Loaded Potato & Meatloaf Casserole

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through before enjoying again.

Tips to Make Loaded Potato & Meatloaf Casserole

  • Play with the seasoning of the meatloaf for added flavor variation.
  • Ensure the meatloaf layer is evenly spread in the baking dish for consistent cooking.
  • Customize the potato topping with additional ingredients like bacon bits or chopped herbs.

Variation

For a twist on the classic recipe, consider topping the casserole with crispy fried onions or adding a layer of sautéed mushrooms for extra depth of flavor.

FAQs

  1. Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef? Yes, ground turkey can be a leaner alternative to beef in this recipe.
  2. How can I make this dish vegetarian? Substitute the ground beef with plant-based meat alternative and omit the Worcestershire sauce for a vegetarian version.
  3. Can I prepare this casserole ahead of time? Yes, you can assemble the casserole and refrigerate it before baking. Adjust the baking time accordingly when cooking from cold.

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