Prep Time: 15 min.

Cook Time: 1 hr 15 min.

Yield: 4 - 6 servings


1 ½ cups finely chopped sweet Vidalia onion

1 large green pepper, diced medium

2 tablespoon minced garlic

3 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

3 lbs of meat loaf mix (pork, beef & veal)

1 ½ cup plain boiled mashed potato

2 large eggs, beaten lightly

2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 350°F

In a large heavy skillet cook onion, green pepper & garlic in butter over moderate heat, stirring, 5 minutes. Stir in salt & pepper, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce and cook, stirring, 1 minute.

In a large bowl combine vegetables, meat loaf mix, boiled mashed potato & eggs. In a shallow baking pan form mixture into 1 10-by 5-inch oval loaf.

Bake meat loaf in oven 60 minutes. Brush both cans of the tomato paste on top of the meat loaf for the last 10 minutes of cooking. For the last 3 minutes of cooking, sprinkle top with shredded cheese.

Remember to let your meatloaf sit for at least 10 minutes before slicing it. This will help the slices hold together, so you can serve it easily!

Serve with a generous helping of mashed potatoes and garlicky green beans.





Old-Fashioned Meat Loaf

Thrifty Yankees have an old-fashioned & surprisingly delicious way to stretch a meat loaf to serve more people – mashed potato, instead of breadcrumbs. It adds wonderful flavor and moistness to this easy recipe. The flavors of this meatloaf are the tastes of Maine in the winter. An all-time family favorite - savory meat loaf mixed with mashed potatoes, with tomato paste & cheese on top. You can’t get more DownEast than this.