- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 can (5-1/2 ounces) spicy tomato juice
- 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 medium green pepper, chopped
- 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 milk plus 2 tablespoons milk
- 7 tablespoons butter or margarine, cubed
- 1-3/4 teaspoons salt
- 4-2/3 cups mashed potato flakes
- Ketchup and mustard
- 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. 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.
- Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring the water, milk, butter and salt to a boil. Stir in potato flakes. Remove from the heat. 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.
- 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 resealable plastic bags; cut a small hole in a corner of each bag. Pipe ketchup and mustard on cake. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Reviews forLayer Cake Meat Loaf
"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."
"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."
"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?"
"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."