Make This, Not That {Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes}

I have been sharing our Sunday Suppers, School Night Suppers and various other recipes for years.  I sometimes just skip over things that weren’t a hit and don’t ever share.  For a change, I have a series of recipes here that I’m calling Make This, Not That.  Haha!  The first installment is meatloaf and mashed potatoes – a perennial favorite around here and a supper that everyone gets excited about.

For last week’s Sunday Supper, I made the meatloaf and mashed potatoes from the Magnolia Table cookbook.

I’ll be the first to admit that I raised my eyebrows at two of the meatloaf ingredients – saltines and cheese.  Hmmm…. I’ve made my share of meatloaf over the last 16 years of wedded bliss (until I found our FAVE) and had not run across a recipe quite like this one.  It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great.  It was too dry for my liking and there was way too much filler without not enough meat, ya know?!  Like a bad crab cake but in meatloaf form.

As for the mashed potatoes, I realize that is a pretty basic process with pretty standard ingredients.  But, these were just meh.

So, this brings me to the meatloaf and mashed potatoes I DO recommend making!!!

All American Meatloaf

In this pic I happened to make it Mickey shaped, but it is usually served in two regular loaves.  This recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks that is getting hard to find – the  Southern Living Ultimate Cookbook.

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Truffle Mashed Potatoes

Now, these are without contest the BEST mashed potatoes.  But, with meatloaf I leave out the truffle oil and add extra butter.  This recipe is from my all time favorite cookbook – Foolproof by Ina Garten.

I hope y’all enjoyed a lovely weekend!  I’m headed out with a couple of college besties and the boys are on their own for this week’s Sunday Supper.  :-)

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11 thoughts on “Make This, Not That {Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes}

  1. Hmm… I’ve never heard of saltines (or cheese) in meatloaf, either. I either use oatmeal or fresh breadcrumbs.

    This will be a fun new series! Enjoy your Sunday out of the kitchen! xo

  2. The saltine meat loaf is an old old recipe without w sauce. However way too many saltines. Six enough!! Top with ketchup and brown sugar! Topping from 1970’s and initial recipe 1940’s! As a vegetarian of 26 years I don’t eat it but everyone loves it. Mashed potatoes- 5 pound yellow potatoes peeled and cooked and add two sticks margarine with about 1/2 small can evaporate milk. Cholesterol here we come!! Electric mixer

  3. Thanks for the honest review! I love that Southern Living cookbook. In fact, I just wrote a blog post that will go up on Tuesday showing their Sour Cream Coffee Cake. It’s such a good cookbook – I wish they’d do an updated printing! Thanks for all the great recipe ideas.

  4. I don’t really like meatloaf, but the rest of the family does. I made some the other day and it didn’t turn out very well and I was wondering what recipe I made the time before when it was good. Maybe it was yours. I’ll have to give it a try. For the oats, is it quick cooking oats or old-fashioned oats?

  5. I fully agree on those Truffled Mashed Potatoes – those are our favorite! And we absolutely love Ina’s Turkey Meatloaf, and I make it with bbq sauce not ketchup!

  6. My meatloaf does have saltines. But, not cheese! I do a bacon on top with a sauce that you keep dripping on every ten minutes. Or at least you are supposed to. Pre kids I would do that. Now it’s just all poured in the pan. It’s my daughters favorite meal. I hated meatloaf growing up. My mom made the one with just beef, tomatoe sauce and an egg. It was the ‘shake and bake’ years of culinary home cooks. Thank goodness we’ve come a lot further in our home cooking.

  7. I was going to try Joanna’s Meatloaf, but after reading you post I decided to make yours. My husband loves meatloaf, and I have never made one that he loved until I made your recipe He loved it so much! I love your blog. I is my absolute favorite.

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