We are officially in cooler weather season and with that my oven can officially be turned back on with no care about the heat. If you follow along you know I usually ask him “hey babe what do you want to eat”? So I asked and he said quickly that he wanted meat loaf. Boy was that a surprise, but I knew that was an easy one for me, I had my mom to thank for this crazy simple recipe.
This recipe is all about an easy throw together flavorful loaf of meat goodness. The recipe that my mom always made included a packet of onion soup mix, egg, matzo meal, and ketchup. See, her recipe is super simple, but because me being me I just couldn’t allow myself to add a packet of onion soup mix here after reading the back of the package. Here is where you can go with what is easy for you. I like creating my own onion soup mix so if your like uhh no, not today, then use the pre packaged onion soup mix. Since he also requested a side of mashed potatoes had toadd in some veg, so a potato cauliflower mash was the way to go. Here is what you need to get to cooking!
Onion Soup Mix
Potato Cauliflower Mash
For boiling the potatoes and cauliflower cut them into small size so they cook quicker. Heat water in a pot to a boil. Add a steam basket or colander that can fit over your pot and cover with a lid. Allow to steam until the cauliflower and potatoes are completely cooked through.
For making the meatloaf you will need a onion soup mix, and if you have followed this blog for awhile you know I am all about liking to control what is in the food that I prepare. If you can find an onion soup packet mix that works for you then use that for this recipe. If you are with me and want to make your own onion soup mix then follow along.
This recipe will make more than you will need but, if you are like me, you will double this recipe because they are going to go pretty quick and I mean who doesn’t love having leftovers. If not just keep it and I have a recipe coming up in a few weeks that I will using the leftover mix that I have. Mix together the dried onions, parsley, onion powder, celery seed, black pepper, turmeric, salt, garlic powder, umami powder (or bouillon granules), and dried dill. I know that was just so hard to pull together 🙃
There are two ways you can go about cooking your potatoes and cauliflower for your potato cauli-mash. The first way is by roasting the vegetables and the second way is by steaming them. Choose what method works for you time wise.
For roasting the potatoes and cauliflower cut them into small size so they cook quicker. Drizzle with avocado oil, salt, and black pepper. Cook in a preheated oven at 420 degrees for about 20 minutes. Cover the pan with aluminum foil so they can steam while cooking and remove the foil the last 8 minutes of cooking so they can get that roasted char that adds to the flavor in a very unique way.
In a large mixing bowl add the ground turkey, eggs, matzo meal (you can use bread crumbs or even crackers), 1/4 cup of the onion soup mix or one packet of onion soup mix if using, and garlic cloves. Mix everything together until combined. Divide into four even portions in mixing bowl and shape each section into small loaves. Add to parchment or aluminum foil lined sheet tray.
Top each loaf with 1/4 cup of ketchup, reserving half of the mixture to glaze the tops after they have cooked for awhile in the oven.
Note: If opting for making one loaf add mixture to greased loaf pan. Coat the top of the loaf with the ketchup. This methods cooking time takes longer, about and hour and a half or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F on an instant read thermometer.
Cook the meatloaf in a 350 degree F oven for about 30 minutes. Allow to cook until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F on an instant read thermometer. If you don’t have thermometer, check to be sure that the meat is cooked through with no pink or the juices are clear and no longer bloody looking.
Remove from the oven once cooked and allow to cool for 10 minutes. I like to blend my cauli-mash at this point or even steam the mixture and blend it up all while I wait for the meat loaf to cool down. Add the cooked potatoes and cauliflower to a food processor and add in the dill, garlic, unsweetened greek yogurt, and milk. If you steamed your veg mix add in the salt and pepper. Taste your mixture and add more salt and pepper to taste.
Serve each meat loaf with a serving of the cauli-mash, and even a side of green beans or green peas are a great way to add in some more green vegetables!
Tiger’s Feeding Feedback
I put in a request for meatloaf and potatoes – again I feel like I’ve been fooled in some type of way! I found myself eating the meatloaf with my hands because I‘m country and it was so good I didn’t have time for a fork. The flavor was just popping out of the meat. The mash potatoes complimented the meatloaf well but I feel like there was something I did not know thrown in the recipe. Overall I loved this meal so much I had it two times in one day!!