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Layer Cake Meat Loaf Recipe
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Layer Cake Meat Loaf Recipe

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If the kids are always asking to eat dessert first, here's your chance. The moist "cake" layers are really full-flavored meat loaves "frosted" with instant mashed potatoes. Ketchup and mustard "icing" help complete the look.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + standing
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + standing
MAKES: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (5-1/2 ounces) spicy hot V8 juice
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • MASHED POTATOES:
  • 4-2/3 cups water
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 7 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 4-2/3 cups mashed potato flakes
  • Ketchup and mustard

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Pat into two ungreased 9-in. square baking pans.
  2. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°; drain. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring the water, milk, butter and salt to a boil. Stir in potato flakes. Remove from the heat.
  4. Invert one meat loaf onto a serving platter; invert the second loaf onto a cutting board. Spread 1-1/2 cups mashed potatoes over loaf on the platter. Carefully slide second loaf onto the potatoes.
  5. Spread 3-1/2 cups mashed potatoes over top and sides. Spoon remaining mashed potatoes into a pastry bag with open star tip #195. Pipe a shell border around bottom and top edges. Place ketchup and mustard in separate resealable plastic bags; cut a small hole in a corner of each bag. Pipe onto potato border. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Layer Cake Meat Loaf in Quick Cooking March/April 2004, p57

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Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

Great recipe, a lot of fun to serve! A bit difficult to make the mashed potatoes do what i wanted, but good fun anyhow! I didn't trick anyone with it tho, just had a good laugh.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2012

This was super fun, we had company over and they thought it was pretty clever too, I paired it with the "chicken nugget" dessert. Both were yummy

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2011

Made this for an April Fools dinner fundraiser at the lodge this year. Everyone said the flavor is outstanding and presentation was a lot of fun. Since I was working with a much larger quantity I didn't even try to spread the potatoes -- I wore disposable gloves and just patted handsful into place. It worked out really well. This recipe is good enough that it will probably replace my old stand-by for every day.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

This is really cleaver, but by the time you decorate and put on the finishing touches isn't it cold. How would you re-heat it?

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2010

This has become an April Fool's day tradition. When my daughter asked if she could lick the frosting bowl we knew it was a keeper. We now just make it because we enjoy the recipe as everyone knows the secret.

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