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Cheesy BBQ Turkey Meatloaf with Whipped Potatoes

Oh comfort food...how would we ever survive without it? My comfort foods are definitely mashed potatoes or mac and cheese. Give me all the dairy filled carbs and I am one happy mama! My mashed potatoes in particular are a regular request from family members, except for my hubby who will eat them but really only likes mashed potatoes with gravy (Insert dramatic eye roll). I didn't really have set measurements for my mashed potatoes, although I do like to make these for larger holiday gatherings because the crock pot does the work and you don't have to take up a burner on the stove. But when I make mashed potatoes at home for just the family or when I have my stepson or parents in town I whip up a quick batch to go with whatever I'm serving. The batch of mashed potatoes I made last week with my BBQ meatloaf I decided to write down measurements so I can share my recipe for delicious whipped mashed potatoes. 

Now the way I make my mashed potatoes is not diet friendly at all and they're more whipped than mashed. Seriously though full fat dairy all the way! But we like to eat whole foods and not the "light" this and "non fat" that. If you prefer to eat these items feel free to play around with the ingredients to make it better fit your dietary needs and/or preferences. 

I took a great white plate picture with perfectly sliced meatloaf, a pile of beautifully whipped potatoes and a side of green beans but apparently I somehow deleted it off my camera (mom brain is real y'all). 

The best part about the meatloaf is it is not only gluten free but also there are no eggs! I know what you're thinking, how can this meatloaf bind properly without eggs? Trust me it comes out perfectly. 


Cheesy BBQ Turkey Meatloaf with Whipped Potatoes
Ingredients:
      
      Meatloaf:
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp gluten free quick oats
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp whole milk 
  • 2 tbsp BBQ sauce (I used a thicker, sweeter sauce)
  • 1/2-1 tsp Montreal steak seasoning (I use 1 tsp and it definitely makes it zesty but my family and I are black pepper lovers so you might want to try the 1/2 tsp the first batch and adjust from there)
  • 1 tsp gluten free Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper; or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly shredded colby jack cheese
     Glaze:
  • 2 tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    Whipped Potatoes:
  • 6-8 red potatoes, peeled & quartered
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp whole milk, warmed
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp butter, room temperature 
  • 1/2 tsp salt; or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper; or to taste
Instructions:
      Meatloaf/Glaze:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Grease a large oven safe glass dish. I used a 9x13 glass Pyrex dish. 
  3. In a large bowl combine ground turkey, gluten free oats, milk, Montreal steak seasoning, ground black pepper, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce and cheeses. Do not over mix or you will make your meatloaf tough. Move meatloaf mix to dish and form into an oval shaped loaf about 1-1.5 inches thick. That's right no meatloaf/bread pan here!
  4. Place in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes. 
  5. While meatloaf is in the oven mix the BBQ sauce, garlic powder and light brown sugar until well combined. Then after 45-50 minutes remove from oven and smear that glaze all over the meatloaf. Place back in oven and continue to bake for 10 more minutes or until meatloaf is cooked through completely. 
  6. Remove from oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Move to cutting board and slice. 
      Whipped Potatoes:
  1. Peel all of your potatoes and quarter them. 
  2. Place in a large pot and fill with cold water until there's about 1-2 inches of water above the quartered potatoes. Salt the water well. 
  3. Place pot on burner and boil over high heat for 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Cooking times will vary depending on your stove, the pot you use and the altitude you live at. Things take a longer time to cook for us due to the high altitude but might cook quickly for you. 
  4. Once potatoes are cooked, drain them in a colander in your sink then put them back in the warm pot. 
  5. Measure your milk and pop it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds to warm it. 
  6. While the milk is warming take a potato masher and roughly mash the potatoes. 
  7. Add the warmed milk, sour cream, butter, salt and pepper. 
  8. Using a hand mixer, mix the potatoes at low speed until whipped and fluffy. Taste the potatoes and adjust seasonings accordingly. Potatoes should be moist. Depending on the size of your potatoes you may need to add more milk. (If you don't have a hand mixer you can finely mash the potatoes with a potato masher then mix in the ingredients.)
  9. Serve warm. 
Serve the meatloaf and mashed potatoes with your veggies of choice or a side salad.



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