Cowboy Meatloaf

Hey, believe it or not..I’ve never been a fan of traditional meatloaf and don’t even get me started on that nonsense ketchup topping  (bleh!!).  Maybe it is because I had it all too often growing up or …well, I’m just not sure, but THIS is a winner!! (yes, I do like my Cowboy & Italian meatloaf.  I must be a bit biased ;))

This meal has all the great flavors of the West, without being overpowered by any ingredient!  The ground beef PLUS sausage is ideal, BBQ sauce for some depth & tang, combined with crunchy bacon & fried onions, potatoes and gooey, melted cheese!  Now you tell me what’s wrong with this??  Nothing!

Plus the mashed potatoes go right on top!  Not only is this kind of “fun”, but while it’s broiling, you can quickly clean up your kitchen, making for little to no cleanup afterwards!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1lb ground beef (lean)
  • 1lb ground sausage
  • 3/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning (i.e Hidden Valley)
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 lb bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 lbs potatoes (plus milk, butter, S&P), OR prepackaged potatoes fine too
  • 1/2 cup fried onions (i.e Frenches)
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • Non-stick spray

Garnish (optional)

  • Green onions, sliced
  • Bacon, crumbles
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Jalapeno, slices
  • Fried onions, (i.e Frenches)
  • BBQ sauce  

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and coat a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef & sausage, chopped onion, the packet of ranch seasoning, bbq sauce, breadcrumbs, chili powder, pepper and the 2 beaten eggs.  *I use my hands here..your best tools!  

   Bake this meatloaf (uncovered) in the preheated oven for 30 minutes/until cooked through.  There may be a bit of extra fat/grease once finished, so simply spoon a bit out of dish.  If there’s a bit left, that is A-ok!

**While the meatloaf is baking, now is when you’ll be preparing the mashed potatoes (whether from a packet or homemade) and you’ll also have the bacon crisping away, then crumble.** 

   The meatloaf should be done now, set aside for a quick second.  

Next, add the crumbled bacon (reserve a bit for topping) and the fried onions (reserve a bit for topping) to your mashed potatoes.  Top the cooked meatloaf with a good layer of these badboys and the shredded cheddar cheese.  Place this now back into your oven, set ON BROIL (baking sheet 6″ under broiler) for 4-6 minutes, until browned. 

         Once the cheesy-potato topping is browned and crisp to your liking, remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes.  Yes..it’s quite hot!! 

 Cut and serve big square wedges topped with the garnish of your choice…pair with a crisp salad and my easy dressing, Redneck Ranch – Railroad Wife in Texas ENJOY!! 

 

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