Sausage Meatloaf, Smashed Potatoes & Roasted Broccolini

Cody is a pretty good sport eating some of the stranger things I cook or make. When I went through my spaghetti squash phase, he ate every bite. Every time I want to substitute rice with cauliflower rice or flour with coconut flour, he always obliges. So when the man asks for a meat and potato meal….you give him a meat and potato meal!

I recently got Chrissy Teigen’s cook book– Craving’s and so I told Cody to look through it and pick out a few things that he wanted me to make him for dinner. He chose the Spicy Italian Sausage Meatloaf and the Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic. I then just roasted some broccolini in the toaster oven. It was a well balanced and hearty meal that my boy really enjoyed.

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What you’ll need:

-food processor, blender, nutri-bullet
-bigger bowl, medium bowl, small bowl
-measuring spoons & cups
-cooking spray or butter

Ingredients:

For Meatloaf:
– 3 slices white sandwich bread (I had sourdough lying around, so I used that)
– 1/3 cup whole milk
– 1 cup roughly chopped mushrooms
– 1 lb. hot/spicy Italian sausage (bulk or casings removed)
– 1 lb. ground beef
– 1 cup finely chopped onions
– 1 large egg
– 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
– 2 teaspoons koshersalt
– 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
– 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
– 1/2 cup ketchup
– 3 tablespoons brown sugar

For Smashed Potatoes:
– 2 and 1/2 lbs. baby red potatoes
– Kosher salt
– 1 stick (4 oz.) butter
– 1/2 cup heavy cream
– 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
– 15 large cloves (1/2 cup) roasted garlic
– 2 tablespoons chopped chives

For the Roasted Broccolini:
– 1 package broccolini
– 2 tablespoons olive oil, or oil of your choice
– Salt, pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika

Directions:

For the meatloaf:

1. pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees

2. In a food processor, blender, or nutribullet (which is what I used) process the bread into fine crumbs. Transfer them to a large bowl and pour the milk in and let it sit for 5 minutes.

3. Also mince the mushrooms in the processor or blender until fine. Add the breadcrumbs along with the sausage, beef, onions, carrots, egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt, red pepper flakes and and black pepper. Gently mix with your hands until combined.

4. Coat a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray or butter (I found that I had enough mixture for two 8×4 loaf pans, which is what I had). Put the mixture into the pan(s).

5. In a small bowl combine the ketchup and brown sugar and spread it over the top of the meatloaf.

6. Bake until the meatloaf is cooked through and the glaze is slightly dry on top, about 1 hour.

7. Let cool a bit before slicing.

For the Smashed Potatoes:

1. In a large pot combine the potatoes with water to cover them by 3 inches. Salt the water until it tastes good. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat and cook the potatoes until you can easily pierce them with a fork.

2. When the potatoes are almost cooked, heat the butter, cream, pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan and keep it warm over low heat.

3. Drain the potatoes, return them to the pot, and add the roasted garlic. Using a potato masher, mash until chunky to smooth, then stir in the cream mixture. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with the fresh chopped chives.

For the Roasted Broccolini:

1. Preheat your toaster oven, or regular oven to 375 degrees.

2. Trim the very ends of the broccolini off. Toss in the olive oil and generously sprinkle with the salt, pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika.

3. Toast in the oven or toaster oven for about 20-25 minutes, then remove from oven, toss them, and place them back into the oven for another 5-10 minutes on broil.

Original recipe for the meatloaf and potatoes is from Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings Cookbook.

It was the moistest and most delicious meatloaf I’ve ever had. The potatoes were a smashing success, as well! There was plenty of leftovers and cody took it for lunch the next week. I would say it was a great success!

I have been sharing a lot of recipes on the blog recently, because I am truly finding a passion for cooking. I would super love some feedback from y’all regarding what type of recipes you would like to see. More vegetables? Less carbs? More baked goods? LET ME KNOW in the comments below or shoot me an email….trust me, I am always up for a challenge!!!

As always, thanks so much for reading!

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