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the happy 1950’s housewife meal: meatloaf + mashed potatoes

September 22, 2009

Recently, I was perusing my Facebook feed, when I saw at least two updates from girlfriends that prompted me to burst out loud in response: “WTF? What is this, 1950? As women and moms we’re just supposed to cook and clean all day? What modern mother has time for the ‘perfect’ house or meal?”

Pssh-shaaaw, I say!

And then I continued my daily 3-hour routine of cleaning up the house, taking care of the kids, cooking dinner, checking work emails, and preparing the kids for the next day of school.

Talk about irony. I laughed so hard I almost spit out my 1950’s traditional 4:00pm Mom Martini.

Kidding, about the martini.

But, it did inspire me that night to make my own version of what I envision to be a very 1950’s meal: meatloaf, mashed potatoes and cupcakes. We don’t eat ground beef in our house, so we use ground turkey. You could use ground beef, just be aware you might have to adjust baking times.

meatloaf and mashed potatoes

meatloaf and mashed potatoes


2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
1 lb lean ground turkey
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup bbq sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup ketchup or BBQ sauce for outer coat

Mashed Potatoes:
4 baking potatoes
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup finely shredded asiago or other sharp cheese
salt & pepper to taste
finely chopped parsley for garnish


We start with the MEATLOAF:

1. Remember to thaw out the ground turkey in your fridge well beforehand. If you are like me, you always intend to do this, but often forget and slap your forehead in “DOH!” moments.Thawing in the microwave just isn’t the same as in the fridge.

2. Heat the olive oil in a saute pan and sightly saute carrots until soft. Remove carrots and set aside in a large bowl.

3. In the same pan, saute the garlic for both the meatloaf and mashed potatoes until slightly soft and golden.

4. Set aside 1 tablespoon garlic for mashed potatoes. Place garlic for meatloaf in the large bowl along with the carrots.

5. In the same large bowl, add ground turkey, oats, ketchup, BBQ sauce, parsley, salt, pepper. Mix ingredients with your hands until well blended.

6. Once well blended, either a) form the mixture into a meatloaf log shape about 4 inches wide, 2 inches high, and about 8 or 9 inches long and place on top of a baking sheet coated in cooking spray, OR b) place mixture in a loaf pan. I have done both and prefer to use the DeMarle loaf mold that doesn’t need cooking spray or a regular loaf pan that I’ve coated with cooking spray.

7. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before slicing & serving.

Now we move on to the MASHED POTATOES:

While that’s baking, it’s time to make the potatoes! Really, any mashed potato variation will go well with meatloaf, but this is the one I prefer to pair with meatloaf.

1. Peel yer taters. For some reason, I find doing prep work and walking through the steps using an accent helps. Feel free to skip this extra credit task if you are boring and a fun squasher.

2. Add potatoes to a pot o’ boiling water and cook until potatoes are slightly soft but not squishy. For 4 potatoes, this will be around 15 minutes.

3. Drain the water, return the potatoes to the pot, add milk, cheese, reserved sauteed garlic, salt & pepper and mash, mash, mash away to desired consistency. I prefer mashed potatoes that are a little chunky, not super smooth, but that’s just me. I also cook while thinking & speaking in various accents, so… there you have it.

4. Once properly mashed, sprinkle with parsley and serve scoops of the taters alongside the delicious and lower-fat version of this 1950’s meal.

EXTRA CREDIT: To complete your perfect 1950’s housewife duties, pour yourself a drink while cooking, then just before the taters are done, pour yourself another and pour one for your partner. Don’t forget to clean as you go along, because what hard working man likes to come home to a messy kitchen? Good grief, that would be a catastrophe! And if the kids try and bug you while you’re making this perfect housewife meal, remind them that they need to go watch more television.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Emily permalink
    October 4, 2009 12:55 am

    Hey, this sounds great! When do you put the “outer coat” on the meatloaf? (Did I miss something? It wouldn’t be the first time!)

    • October 8, 2009 6:49 pm

      Oh Emily good point! Thank you for noticing that. I will add that to the post. Basically, I add a thin coat of ketchup to the top at the beginning, then halfway through cooking, I add another layer. Sometimes I add BBQ sauce, just depending on what we feel like 🙂

  2. Emily permalink
    October 10, 2009 6:47 pm

    Yum! We had this last night and it was really tasty (and so easy!!). It sort of fell apart a little bit when I served it but I think that’s because I used old fashioned oats instead of quick cooking. Still really delicious tho and I’ll definitely make it again. Also, I skipped the steps where you saute the carrots and garlic because I’m pretty much the laziest person you’ll ever meet, but it still turned out great. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  3. Alisa permalink
    October 12, 2009 12:41 am

    Marlynn- I made the meatloaf and potatoes tonight for dinner, and they came out delicious. Aside from my super picky son, we all enjoyed both (he only ate the potatoes, but it’s a start). I love your food blog, and am looking forward to trying the chowder recipe this week. As always, I don’t know how you do it all. Thanks for your culinary inspirations. 🙂

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