Mini BBQ Meatloafs & Baked Potato Casserole

Here is a recipe I took from Rachel Ray’s cook book, Italian mini meatloaf , but tweaked it to make it BBQ (thinking the hubby would enjoy it more since meatloaf isn’t one of his fav foods). And the potato casserole recipe I found in a magazine add for Carnation Evaporated Milk. AND HERE WE GO!

Ingredients for Mini BBQ Meatloaf

  • 1 pound of ground meat (I used 90/10 hamburger but have used turkey before as well)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs (I used panko cause that is what was in the pantry)
  • 1/2 small green pepper diced (red, yellow, orange would work too)
  • 1/2 small onion diced (however hubby said he thought was too much…go with your liking)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 Tbsp BBQ sauce (whatever you have in fridge, I had mesquite)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Ingredients for Baked Potato Casserole

  • 6-8 medium potatoes (about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds total) peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup evaporated milk (I used fat free cause that’s what was in my pantry!)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper (more if you like it)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided (or pepper jack would be really yummy too with a kick)
  • 8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled (could use turkey bacon if you prefer) make sure you set aside a handful of bacon for the top (I forgot to do that I was so mad!)
  • sliced green onions or scallions or chives
  • 2.5 quart casserole dish (I used my corning ware)

First put on the potatoes…now I peel them and cut them up into similar sized chunks and put them into cold water THEN I put on the stove and bring to a boil (and I add a generous pinch of salt as they are heating up) as this is how I was taught to boil potatoes!

While you are waiting for them to boil and cook lets get started on the meatloaf mixture. Place meat in bowl.  Next add the onions, peppers, garlic, S&P some of the bacon (leave about a handful out), the egg, bread crumbs, and BBQ sauce  (as pictured in the 3 photos below).

Now mix everything together till it is just incorporated, I use my hands but if you are oooey about getting your hands dirty use a fork it keeps it light. Then separate into 4 equal sections, these will be your four mini meatloaf’s.

Here it is sectioned I had already taken one section and formed it into my loaf (still figuring it out! 🙂

So here is one formed into my loaf, about an inch thick and kinda oval shaped.

So now that all four loaves are on your cookie sheet or pan or whatever you want to use you can add a dollop of BBQ sauce on top (however much you would like I believe I used about a Tbsp for each of mine) Spread it evenly on the top.

Sit them aside (on top of stove if you wish) While we get the potato casserole assembled and then you can put them both in the oven at the same time.

Now the potatoes should be done, a fork should go into them easily. Drain potatoes and put in bowl you can use a mixer in. Gather the rest of your ingredients as seen here. Mash up the potatoes with a masher or fork or back of wooden spoon so that there are no large pieces. At this point add the sour cream and evaporated milk use your mixer to make smooth (if you don’t have a hand mixer go out and get one! they are not expensive at all). Then mix in with a spoon, part of the crumbled bacon and half of the cheese; mix well (I didn’t have any green onions or I would have added at this point as well).

Spray your casserole dish with cooking spray then pour your potato mixture into dish and spread out fairly evenly. Now sprinkle on the cheese you have left & had I not put all my bacon in the mix I would be adding the remaining handful of crumbled bacon I was supposed to have.

NOW put both your mini meatloaf’s and your potato casserole in your preheated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

This is your result (remember there should be bacon on top of my casserole)!

 

Serve with a simple salad or green beans or steamed broccoli or as in the case in my house most often it is raw carrots, celery, broccoli and ranch dip. The casserole is extra good heated up the next day or two, just add a couple of pats of butter to help it not be so dry. And this size meatloaf make a great hoagie sized meatloaf, cheese, and miracle whip sandwich (but that is another blog date)!

I hope you enjoy & let me know how they turn out!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. karen
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 01:09:47

    Loved it! Both turned out awesome….great alternative the everyday meatloaf and mashe potatoes!

    Reply

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