Saturday, September 7, 2013

Cowboy Meatloaf and Potato Casserole


Today I have a casserole that is a meal, hearty and with a cowboy kick of BBQ topped with Fried Onions.
You're gonna love it.

All you need:

Meatloaf mixture:
1 1/2 pounds very lean ground beef
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 small red pepper, chopped
1 can of whole kernel corn, drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups plain bread crumbs
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Topping:
1 cup BBQ sauce
1 packet instant Cheesy mashed potatoes, prepared
3 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
French's French Fried Onions
About 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions::
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
Add the chopped onions, garlic and red pepper and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until 
they're soft.  Do not allow them to brown, turn the heat down if necessary.  Remove 
them from the heat and allow to cool.
In a large bowl, mix the meatloaf ingredients until well combined.  Gently press the meatloaf mixture into a 9 inch square baking dish.  Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes or until fully cooked.  Remove from the oven and drain off any accumulated fat if there is any.
Spread 1 cup of BBQ sauce over the meatloaf.  
Add the bacon bits to the mashed potatoes and spread the potatoes over the top of the 

BBQ sauce.
Sprinkle generously with the French's Fried Onions.  Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top.
Return the casserole to the oven and bake until casserole is hot and cheese has 
melted.

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