Can I Make a Top 5 Most-Watched Tasty YouTube Meal? Bacon-Wrapped Mashed Potato-Stuffed Meatloaf!
I had to try to make one of the "Most-Watched Tasty Entrées of the Year" --
Bacon-Wrapped Mashed Potato-Stuffed Meatloaf!
It was epic looking!
Thursday, November 14, 2019, Attempt #1:
The full recipe in the video has the following ingredients / methods:
Meatloaf: - 2 lbs. ground beef, 1 cup parmesan, 2 eggs, 1 cup of bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper, 1/2 cup of milk, 1 cup of onions, 3 cloves of garlic, 1/2 cup of parsley
Mashed potatoes: Made from scratch with Yukon Gold potatoes
Glaze: 1 1/2 cups of ketchup, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, onion powder, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
I made an easier version and only half-recipe (started with 16 oz. of ground beef). I mostly wanted to do the fun part of putting the monstrosity all together.
The easy version includes getting the mashed potatoes from the hot bar instead of making them from scratch. You could also use Instant potatoes.
If you don't have all of the ingredients they recommend, you could use any meatloaf mixture that you like. I happened to have the ingredients they use in the video, so I used:
- 16 oz. ground beef, 1/2 cup of parmesan, 1 egg, 1/2 cup of bread crumbs, salt & pepper, 1/4 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of onions, a few cloves of garlic.
In a previous post I mentioned Panko breadcrumbs (see link). Here I used Italian breadcrumbs as the binder. Panko is really good for outside crunchiness when frying. Italian breadcrumbs probably work for that too, but Panko is really nice for a light fried exterior. I've seen a few recipes use Panko for a binder in meatloaf or burgers, but typically they use other breadcrumbs (like the Italian breadcrumbs I used.)
In the bowl there (on the photo on the left) are the mashed potatoes from the hot bar.
I made the meatloaf mixture -- just putting things in a bowl and mixing it by hand, same as making burgers or Lumpia Shanghai filling.
Then, I made the glaze in a separate bowl: 3/4 cup of ketchup, probably 1/3 cup of brown sugar (vs. 1/4 cup, which would have been calculated -- I like a sweeter glaze.), a little onion powder and a little tomato sauce (I didn't have tomato paste).
The Fun Part: Constructing the Monstrosity
In the video, they use a Bundt pan, I don't have one of those. So I used a steel mixing bowl I have. I did double-check the melting point of steel before I used it. It's 1370 degrees C (2500 °F), so it was all good. :)
First, I lay the bacon strips around the bowl. This is the bottom of the bowl, but it will become the top at the end because you flip it over.
Then I brushed on some of the glaze and lay a layer of meatloaf mixture (maybe ~1" or 1 1/2" thick) on top of the glaze.
Then, I spooned the mashed potatoes in and put another layer of meatloaf on top.
I brushed more glaze on top of that.
Finally, I wrapped it up with the ends of the strips of bacon like a little gift. :)
I put it in a 350 degree oven.
They recommend that you put it in there for 90 minutes total:
- Cover it and for 60 min. Take it out to drain the fat and then put it back in for another 30 min.
** When I drained the fat, I drained it into another baking pan, then I poured the fat from that baking pan into the sink. I didn't want to accidentally pour the meatloaf into the sink. :)
Then at the end, you flip it, brush some more glaze on top and broil it for 5 min. to get some nice color.
This next photo is what it looked like after 90 min. before I flipped it and broiled it.
Then I flipped it and brushed some more glaze on it before broiling it for 5 min.
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! How good does that look? In the next photo below, you can see the layers better.
The Tasty recipe did not disappoint either! The meatloaf and everything was delicious! It actually is probably healthier than you think because you drain the fat out, so things can crisp up. Like I wrote above, if you don't have all of the ingredients they recommend, you could use your own typical meatloaf or burger mixture.
This was only 1/2 of the recipe, but it was still a lot (!), so I ate it over 4 or 5 meals.
This doesn't fall under the quick recipes that I do, but it's not that hard and it's fun to make! You just put the bacon in the bowl first and layer the meatloaf and mashed potatoes. And it turns out epic looking! I honestly don't know why it wasn't #1 on the Most-Watched entrees, haha. :)
Give it a try! We are good at this!