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MEATLOAF WITH MASHED POTATOES AND CHEESE

by Emy
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Loaded Mashed Potato Meatloaf Casserole is an easy kid-friendly casserole with meatloaf base, loaded mashed potatoes, bacon and cheese baked until crispy.

When it comes to homestyle meals, you can’t go wrong with classic Meatloaf topped with Loaded Mashed Potatoes. This casserole turns a classic comfort food into a quick and easy Dinner Recipe the kids will love!

This Meatloaf Casserole is like a “Cowboy Shepherd’s Pie”. Fluffy mashed potatoes that have been loaded with cheese, bacon topping a classic meatloaf recipe, all the flavors kids love! Plus calling it a Cowboy Meatloaf Casserole gets kids to gobble it down.

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds Ground Beef , (85/15)

1/4 yellow onion , finely chopped

2/3 cup seasoned dry breadcrumbs

1/3 cup whole milk

1 large egg , lightly beaten

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1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

2 pounds potatoes , peeled and cut into 1″ chunks

1/3 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup whole milk

1 teaspoons kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

1/2 cup bacon bits , cooked and crumbled

1 cup cheddar cheese , shredded

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, gently combine beef, onion, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, salt and pepper then press into a 9×9 baking dish.
Bake uncovered for 15 minutes, then remove and drain any excess fat.
While the meatloaf is cooking add potatoes with just enough water to cover to a pot and bring to a boil on high heat. Cook for 15 minutes.
Drain the water and add the milk, butter, salt and pepper mashing it all together until creamy.
Spread over the meatloaf and top with cheese and bacon.
Bake for and additional 15 minutes, until bacon is sizzling and cheese is bubbling and the mashed potatoes are slightly crispy.

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