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meatloaf and cauliflower mashed potatoes

Meatloaf and Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

My mom made meatloaf often when we were kids. It’s a favorite family dinner meal of mine. This recipe is a healthier version, especially with a side of cauliflower mash!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword meatloaf
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author My Boys and Their Toys


For the meatloaf: 2 lbs ground beef, (or pork, veal, lamb, or a mix (I used beef), 1 cup Italian bread crumbs, 1/2 cup whole milk, 2 TBSP ketchup, 2 large eggs, beaten, 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp dried parsley, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground Black Pepper, 1 sweet or yellow onion, diced small, 5-oz carrots matchstick style, 4 cloves garlic, minced, 1 tsp dried thyme, 2 TBSP Olive Oil For the topping: 1/3 cup Ketchup, 2 TBSP Mustard, 2 TBSP Brown Sugar

For the cauliflower mashed potatoes: 1 head cauliflower, 1.5 lbs red potatoes, 1/3 c unsalted butter, 1/4c sour cream (add a little more if not the consistency you like), Salt to taste, Parmesan cheese (optional), Bacon bits (optional), Chives (optional)


1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line loaf pan with parchment paper. 2 Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the diced onions and carrots, and cook until the onions are translucent and the carrots have softened (6 to 8 minutes). You do not want to brown the vegetables. Add the garlic and thyme, stir and cook another 30 seconds. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. 3 Place the ground meat, bread crumbs, milk, ketchup, beaten eggs, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, salt, pepper, and cooked vegetables in a large bowl. Mix all ingredients with your hands until they are all combined. 4 Transfer the meatloaf mixture to the parchment-lined loaf pan. Push down on the mixture to make sure there are no air pockets. 5 In a small bowl, add 1/3 cup ketchup, the brown sugar, and mustard. Stir to combine. Pour the sauce on top of the meatloaf and spread it into an even layer. 6 Bake uncovered for 55-60 minutes or until the middle of the meatloaf registers at least 155°F on an instant-read thermometer 7 Let the meatloaf rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

For the cauliflower mash: 1 Wash, then slice red potatoes in small chunks 2 Wash, then cut up cauliflower into bite-sized pieces 3 Cover vegetables with water, cover with lid and get water to a boil. 4 Once water starts to boil turn down heat and cook for 30 mins. 5 Strain potatoes and cauliflower then put in bowl with sour cream, butter and add salt to taste. 7 Mix with hand mixer or potato masher. Once you get the consistency and taste you prefer, then add Parmesan cheese and stir with spoon. 8 For color you can add diced chives and for more flavor bacon bits. Enjoy!