If you’re feeling extra hungry today, you should definitely give the cowboy meatloaf a try. Complete with protein, starches, and fat, this casserole is a complete meal all on its own.I do suggest you double the recipe, though. It’s as hearty as it is addictive, so I’m sure you’ll want more than just a slice.
While the roster of ingredients is a tad lengthy, don’t be intimidated. If you look closely, they’re all common necessities I’m sure you already have in your pantry! Plus, thanks to items such as pre-cooked mashed potatoes and packaged French-fried onions and bacon, it’s a lot easier than you think.
If you think meatloaf couldn’t get any better, think again! This cowboy meatloaf is the stuff of legends. It’s not just for cowboys and cowgirls, but anyone who’s extra hungry. When I say this meatloaf is fully loaded, I mean it. It’s not just a meatloaf, but a hearty casserole.
It has moist and juicy meatloaf at the bottom and creamy mashed potatoes on top. Consider it as a mash-up between American meatloaf and English shepherd’s pie.Boy, this is the crossover you didn’t know you needed.
The meatloaf layer is flavored with sweet honey barbecue sauce and chili powder, giving it a wonderful combination of sweet and savory with a kick.
The topping isn’t just your basic mashed potatoes, either. Studded with bacon bits and French-fried onions, it’s both creamy and crunchy at the same time.
1 pound ground beef
3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onions
1/3 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup sweet honey barbecue sauce (i.e. Kraft)
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 (24-ounce) package Ore-Ida Steam n’ Mash Russet potatoes
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup bacon bits
1/4 cup French fried onions
2/3 cup Mexican style shredded cheese mix
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with baking spray.
In a large bowl, stir together the ground beef, onions, bread crumbs, barbecue sauce, beaten egg, and chili powder just until well-combined. Press the meat mixture into the bottom of the greased baking dish.
Bake it for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked through. Test for doneness with a meat thermometer. It should read 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
While baking, microwave the potatoes according to package instructions in a medium, microwave-safe bowl. Mix in the butter, milk, parsley, and garlic powder until well-combined. Gently mix in the bacon bits and French-fried onions.
Remove the dish from the oven and turn on the broiler. Top the meat mixture with the potato mix, followed by the shredded cheese.
Place the baking dish 4 inches from the heat. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes or until the cheese melts. Let the cowboy meatloaf rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. Serve and enjoy!