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September 28, 2011

GP: A Meal Fit For A King or at least a farmer!

I kinda can't believe how long it has been since I posted a Gooseberry Patch recipe!

So here we go- this is another 2 for 1 - meatloaf and mashed potatoes - my all time favorite meal, usually I don't mess with this meal but these two recipes looked really good so I gave it a go and I really liked them and so did Chris!

First up - Company Meatloaf!
 And when they say "company" they mean it, this made A LOT!  So I divided the meat mixture in half and baked half for this meal and put the other half in the freezer (I think a certain somebody would be very proud of me - just sayin')!

So here is the one I baked (well before I baked it) - I don't like pics of raw meat so I just didn't take any except this one - so I stuck it in the oven and baked it!

Now for the Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole!

I cheated and used "Potato Buds" - I LOVE MASHED POTATO'S so there was no way I could make homemade ones and not eat them immediately with a gallon of gravy so I just decided to cheat and use instant which is what some in this house prefer!

Well I have to say instant or not - this was AWESOME!

Usually I don't like people laughing at my food but he claims he just felt stupid posing with food and honestly I am just glad I got a picture with the food still on the plate - his doesn't stay there long!

And I do love it when he laughs!

Company Meatloaf:

1 lb. ground pork sausage
3 lbs. ground beef
1 T. dried sage
8 oz. tomato sauce
2 c. quick cooking oats, uncooked
1 .35 oz. pkg. onion soup mix
4 eggs
2 c. evaporated milk
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix well.  Shape into 2 loaves and place on ungreased baking sheets.  Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350 degrees; bake for an additional one hour, or until browned.

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole:

5 1/2 c. mashed potatoes
1/2 c. milk
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
8 oz. sour cream
2 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
12 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Beat together all ingredients except cheese and bacon until smooth and creamy.  Spoon into a lightly greased 13x9 baking pan; sprinkle with cheese and bacon.  Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


  1. Looks yummy! I NEVER used potato buds or flakes or whatever until I met Tall Guy. When you cook for farmers, it IS handy to have a box of instant potatoes on hand to have ready in 5-10 minutes instead of the lengthy time it takes to peel and make the real ones. LOVE your pics!

  2. I can't wait to try these out on my family, ty for sharing and the pictures are great!

  3. That is a genuine Chris laugh! The meal sounds delicious, you should have packed me a lunch that day ;-)

  4. Yum~Such a hearty meal!
    Love the pics of the hubby! That's too funny! Made me laugh too!

  5. Not a big fan of mashed potatoes but that meatloaf recipe looks good.