Ok you guys, this recipe is amazing. Meatloaf has always been one of my favorite comfort foods and now that I have this beauty of a dish- I may cook it more often for my fam. Because it’s meatloaf, who would I be if I didn’t insert a funny pic of the artist Meatloaf:
Now that that’s over- I have a funny story about meatloaf, the food.
My mom is Mexican. Meatloaf is certainly not a Mexican dish (however you could spice it up a bit and… no). When she was dating my dad (he’s actually my step-dad- more in another post I’m sure) she wanted to impress him by making an “American dish”.
Now, you have to understand, my mama is an amazing cook. She is really close to surpassing my grandmother. You’re close mom! She makes the most amazing molé, pozolé, tamales and other Mexican dishes. I will also say that she makes the BEST club sandwich and BLT. She owned a deli when I was growing up- and those were my FAVORITE.
Any-who back to the story- so, the dish that she chose was meatloaf. My uncle, a year younger than my mom, was the first to marry. He married a lovely American woman. So, he asked her for a recipe and some tips. She obliged and he passed it on to my mom. Well, my mom and my tiny-self set to work, but something didn’t seem right. As we were mixing all the ingredients into the raw meat, she thought “Meatloaf couldn’t be this mushy”- the times that she had had it it was firm and stuck together. So her solution was to just add bread instead of breadcrumbs. Which is totally fine- but not like almost a whole loaf of bread y’all. “Yaaassss,” she decried “now I’ve got it!” as we continued to stir and basically get the wooden spoon to stand on its own… in the “meatloaf”.
So- she forms her meatloaf/dough ball into the pan and drizzles TOMATO sauce on top. You have to understand- there was a bit of a language barrier here. Salsa de tomate can be ketchup or tomato sauce. Naturally, my mother wouldn’t dream of putting ketchup on a fancy American dish like this. No, ma’am. She slathers on some tomato sauce and pops her creation into the oven and it cooks.
My mom’s boyfriend (now my dad) arrives and he’s so excited to eat. He was a football player at JMU and had quite an appetite.
She presents her dish and he can’t wait to dig in. When she goes to cut it, it was tough. When she puts it on his plate and drizzled more tomato sauce on top. Totally not meaning to be mean- as he really thought it was a dish from our people- he smiles and says “Awww you made me a cool new kind of pizza- what do you guys call this?”
Needless to say- my mother has NEVER made meatloaf again. I wonder if she’d try this recipe?
Enough jibber jabber! On to the recipe!
When I wrote the title of this post- I was serious y’all. This is the best meatloaf I’ve ever had. It’s tender, juicy and the flavor just makes you want to shovel it into your gullet. Oh my, did I really write that!? How unladylike! But seriously- we keep it real around here.
To add to the amazingness- let’s talk about these little potatoes. I took a bite and felt pure joy. They were soft- but the skin was still tight and held all the deliciousness together. If only I could say that about my body. Lol! Just keeping it real.
Honestly- this is probably my favorite so far. The fact that I could cook the main dish AND the side at the same time. Hot damn! I’m in! Sign me up!
The BEST Meatloaf & Potatoes (All in one Pot)
Here’s what you’ll need:
a bag of yellow potatoes from Little Potato Company
1 1/2 cup of chicken stock
2 tsp. minced garlic
sprinkle of parsley flakes
sprinkle of salt
2 tbsp. of butter (slices/pads)
1/2 cup of shredded parmesan
2lbs of 93% lean ground beef
1 chopped onion
¾ cup of milk
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
3 to 4 slices of white bread
1 tsp. of garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. of onion salt
1 tsp. of ground mustard
1 tsp. of ground black pepper
1 tsp. of parsley flakes
3/4 cup of ketchup
1 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. of brown sugar
Instant Pot (or pressure cooker)
large mixing bowl
You ready!? You’ll get a little messy- so have some napkins or a dish towel that you will wash right away on hand!
And now for the outtakes:
Remember how I said not to put in the cheese with the potatoes…
If you make this recipe, be sure to take a photo and hashtag it #MADMADAMMOM