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Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

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Meatloaf!  It’s what’s for dinner!  Growing up, my mom made meatloaf……it quickly became one of my least favorite meals.  I just could not get on board with the idea of eating a humongous hamburger patty with ketchup on it.  I couldn’t do it and I have not been able to get to a place where I can eat meatloaf since then. 

I have seen so many rave reviews and requests for Instant Pot Meatloaf recipes and Luis loves meatloaf (he even orders it out at restaurants!!).  So, I thought I’d give it a try and make it for Luis.  Happy husband=happy life!

In all honestly, I planned on making this a week ago and could not get myself to do it because I did not want to eat it!  I finally took the plunge and made Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes this past weekend. 

I gave myself a heaping serving of mashed potatoes and a very small helping of the meatloaf.  I ate it….and I actually liked it.  Don’t’ tell Luis, but I almost understood his love for meatloaf.  I haven’t eaten meatloaf in 30 years.

This recipe was a game changer for me.  The combination of the ketchup with the bbq sauce, mustard and brown sugar made for a deliciously sweet and savory crust on the top.  I went back for seconds and considered eating the leftovers the next day.  Luis beat me to them.

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Tips for this recipe:

1.Use a low fat percentage ground beef if you care about what it looks like in the pan. I used 80/20 and the higher fat content caused the meatloaf to shrink drastically.  The flavor was great, but the presentation was not.

2.If you don’t have one of the nifty silicone baking slings, use foil. I took a piece of foil and folded it up into a 2 inch strip and placed it under and around the pan so that I could easily lift the pan in and out of the pot.  Without this, I would have struggled to get the pan out of the Instant Pot.

3.Sauté your onions before adding them to the meatloaf mixture. The caramelization on the onions adds so much flavor!

4.Make extra sauce for the top. I loved the sauce and would have liked a little extra to dip the meatloaf in.

5.Save your leftovers! When you are ready to eat, reheat in a frying pan with a little bit of butter.  This method (in comparison to microwaving) will add flavor and a bit of crusty texture.  Yumm!

How to make Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

1.Peel and quarter the potatoes

2.Place potatoes in the bottom of the Instant Pot- make sure they are evenly spread out and laying flat

3.Add chicken broth

4.Place the trivet on top of the potatoes- make sure the trivet is level

5.Make the meatloaf and follow meatloaf cooking instructions- instructions are below

6.After you remove the meatloaf from the Instant Pot- remove the trivet

7.Leave the potatoes in the Instant Pot- make sure the pot is turned off

8.Mash the potatoes

9.Add butter, milk and salt

10.Enjoy! 🙂

Meatloaf

1.Add all meatloaf ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Mix ingredients until evenly combined. You can use your hands or a mixer. Be sure that you do not over mix the meatloaf mixture.  Over mixing will create a dense, gummy texture.  We are going for a light and fluffy texture.

2.Lightly grease your pan.  You can use a baking pan or a springform pan. The meatloaf will produce a substantial amount of melted fat, based on the fat % in your meat so you do not want to over grease the pan.

3.Evenly spread the meatloaf in the pan- you can use a baking pan or a springform pan– do not overfill. If you over fill your pan you will have a mess.  The melted fat will overflow onto your potatoes.  Yuck!

4.Place the meatloaf pan on top of the trivet. Try to get it to sit as level as possible.

5.Close the Instant Pot lid and set to high (manual) for 30 minutes. Set the valve to the “seal” position.

6.Cook for 30 minutes. When the timer goes off, natural release for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, quick release the remaining pressure and open the Instant Pot.

7.Carefully remove your meatloaf from the Instant Pot. This is where the silicone sling or foil comes in very handy! Remove the extra grease from the pan around and on top of the meatloaf. You can use a turkey baster for this….or carefully pour it into the trash.  Do not pour in the sink.  The fat will clog your pipes.

8.Evenly coat the top of the meatloaf with the topping.- instructions below

9.Place in the oven on broil for about 5 minutes. Keep an eye on it.  The sugar in the topping will burn quickly.  You want a caramelized topping, not a burnt one.

10.When the topping has reached your desired color, remove from oven. Slice and serve with mashed potatoes.

Topping

1.Mix ketchup, bbq sauce, mustard and brown sugar together.

2.Set aside until you have removed the meatloaf form the Instant Pot.

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Ingredients

Mashed Potatoes

  • 2 Pounds of potatoes
  • 1 1/2 Cups of chicken broth
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt

Meatloaf Mixture

  • 2 Pounds of ground beef
  • ½ Cup of plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 Cup of milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup of ketchup
  • ½ Cup of sautéed onion- chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons onion soup mix
  • ½ Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon paprika
  • 2 Teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 Teaspoons parsley
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon black pepper

Topping- I would recommend doubling this recipe if you like to dip your meatloaf in the sauce!  🙂

  • 1/3 Cup of ketchup
  • 1/3 Cup of BBQ sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon of yellow mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar

 

Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
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Ingredients

Mashed Potatoes

  • 2 Pounds of potatoes
  • 1 1/2 Cups of chicken broth
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt

Meatloaf Mixture

  • 2 Pounds of ground beef
  • ½ Cup of plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 Cup of milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup of ketchup
  • ½ Cup of sautéed onion- chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons onion soup mix
  • ½ Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon paprika
  • 2 Teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 Teaspoons parsley
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon black pepper

Topping- I would recommend doubling this recipe if you like to dip your meatloaf in the sauce!  🙂

  • 1/3 Cup of ketchup
  • 1/3 Cup of BBQ sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon of yellow mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar

Instructions

How to make Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed Potatoes

    • Peel and quarter the potatoes
    • Place potatoes in the bottom of the Instant Pot- make sure they are evenly spread out and laying flat
    • Add chicken broth
    • Place the trivet on top of the potatoes- make sure the trivet is level
    • Make the meatloaf and follow meatloaf cooking instructions- instructions are below
    • After you remove the meatloaf from the Instant Pot- remove the trivet
    • Leave the potatoes in the Instant Pot- make sure the pot is turned off
    • Mash the potatoes
    • Add butter, milk and salt
    • Enjoy!

    Meatloaf

    • Add all meatloaf ingredients to a large mixing bowl
    • Mix ingredients until evenly combined
    • You can use your hands or a mixer. Be sure that you do not over mix the meatloaf mixture.  Over mixing will create a dense, gummy texture.  We are going for a light and fluffy texture.
    • Lightly grease your pan.  You can use a baking pan or a springform pan. The meatloaf will produce a substantial amount of melted fat, based on the fat % in your meat so you do not want to over grease the pan.
    • Evenly spread the meatloaf in the pan- you can use a baking pan or a springform pan- do not overfill. If you over fill your pan you will have a mess.  The melted fat will overflow onto your potatoes.  Yuck!
    • Place the meatloaf pan on top of the trivet. Try to get it to sit as level as possible.
    • Close the Instant Pot lid and set to high (manual) for 30 minutes. Set the valve to the “seal” position.
    • Cook for 30 minutes. When the timer goes off, natural release for 10 minutes.
    • After 10 minutes, quick release the remaining pressure and open the Instant Pot.
    • Carefully remove your meatloaf from the Instant Pot. This is where the silicone sling or foil comes in very handy!
    • Remove the extra grease from the pan around and on top of the meatloaf. You can use a turkey baster for this….or carefully pour it into the trash.  Do not pour in the sink.  The fat will clog your pipes.
    • Evenly coat the top of the meatloaf with the topping.- instructions below
    • Place in the oven on broil for about 5 minutes. Keep an eye on it.  The sugar in the topping will burn quickly.  You want a caramelized topping, not a burnt one.
    • When the topping has reached your desired color, remove from oven.
    • Slice and serve with mashed potatoes.

    Topping

    • Mix ketchup, bbq sauce, mustard and brown sugar together.
    • Set aside until you have removed the meatloaf form the Instant Pot.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1g
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