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Mashed Potato Meat Loaf

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.


6 servings

I created this recipe when my children were young and "meat loaf shy". They loved the potato surprise inside and the sauce that has a mild zip. Occasionally, I tuck canned green beans in the center of the potatoes to create a one-dish meal. -Dava Beck, Amarillo, Texas


  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1-1/3 cups mashed potato flakes
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 can (11-1/2 ounces) spicy hot V8 juice
  • 1/4 cup ketchup


  1. In a large saucepan, bring water, milk, butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil. Remove from the heat; stir in potato flakes. Let stand for 30 seconds. Fluff with a fork; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the egg, oats, green pepper, onion, pepper and remaining salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  3. On a piece of waxed paper, pat beef mixture into a 12x8-in. rectangle. Spoon mashed potatoes lengthwise down the center third to within 1 in. of edges. Bring long sides over potatoes to meet in center; seal seam and edges.
  4. Place seam side up in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes; drain. Pour V8 juice over loaf. Top with ketchup.
  5. Bake 18-22 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 278 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 991mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

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