So I was reading What’s For Dinner Moms? blog recently. And she had created a version of Cowboy Meatloaf from the Ore-Ida recipe. And suddenly a mishmash of both recipes plus a little change-up came to my mind. Thus, Cowboy Meatloaf Version 3.0 came about. In my version, I added spicy Italian sausage to the ground beef and like What’s For Dinner Moms? I made my own mashed potatoes. Here is a link to What’s For Dinner Mom’s? recipe: Cowboy Meatloaf With Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole. And here is the Ore-Ida recipe: Cowboy Meatloaf and Potato Casserole. Both are great recipes. Be sure to check them out.
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 pound spicy Italian sausage
- 1 large red onion, diced
- 2/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup Sweet Baby Ray’s Original Barbecue Sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 4 teaspoons chili powder
- 3 cups potatoes, boiled and mashed
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 cup cooked bacon bits
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican Blend cheese
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Meanwhile, coat a 13 X 9 baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine: ground beef, Italian sausage, diced onions, Panko bread crumbs, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, eggs and chili powder until well mixed.
- Gently press meat mixture to the bottom of the baking dish. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes or until cooked through.
- Meanwhile, mix the hot, boiled and mashed potatoes with butter, milk, garlic powder, bacon bits and 1/2 cup of Mexican blend cheese.
- When meatloaf is finished cooking, drain any excess grease from baking dish.
- Spread the mashed potatoes mixture over the meatloaf evenly. Add the remaining 1 cup of Mexican blend cheese over the potatoes.
- Place baking dish back in oven for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted. I like my cheese just melted, but if you want your cheese browned, you can turn up the oven to broil and place the casserole under burners for 2-3 minutes instead.
- Remove the casserole from oven and let sit 3-5 minutes before serving.