• Quick Meatloaf & Potatoes

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    Quick Meatloaf & Potatoes
    Prep: 15 min Cook: 15 min Servings: 5
    by Salad Foodie
    406 recipes
    Start to finish this can be on the table in 30 minutes, which represents 15 minutes of prep and 15 minutes cook time in the microwave. This meal-in-one recipe comes from the heyday of microwave cooking in the 80's and 90's, and is always a family pleaser. Of course it can be baked in a 350 degree F. conventional oven instead, for an hour or so. Either way, use a digital thermometer and cook the meatloaf to an internal temperature of 155 to 160 degrees. (NOTE: The recipe was tested in a 1200 watt microwave using the amount of meat and size of potatoes listed. If you increase amounts and/or potato size, cook time in the microwave will need to increase accordingly; use a thermometer as the test for meatloaf doneness and a fork for potato doneness, rather than the time shown.)


    • 1 pound ground beef (I use 85 to 90% lean)
    • 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
    • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
    • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
    • 2 - 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/4 cup ketchup
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
    • 5 or 6 medium-small red potatoes (about 4 ounces each)
    • GLAZE:
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
    • 1/4 rounded teaspoon dry mustard


    1. (See note in summary paragraph above regarding increasing meatloaf amounts or potato size/number.)
    2. In medium bowl thoroughly mix beef, oats, onion, parsley, garlic, 1/4 cup ketchup, egg, salt and pepper. Form into a round loaf and place in microwave-safe baking dish.
    3. Wash potatoes and pat dry; arrange around the meatloaf evenly spaced (red potatoes are so thin-skinned I don't see the need to poke them with a fork.)
    4. Cover with microwave splatter shield, lid or a wax paper cover.
    5. Microwave on HIGH for 10 minutes; check temperature of meat loaf and drain excess fat accumulated if needed. If potatoes are fork-tender at this point, remove them to a serving bowl and keep warm.
    6. Continue cooking meat on HIGH until a digital thermometer reads 155 to 160 degrees, which would be about 3 more minutes, depending on microwave oven wattage.
    7. Meanwhile in small bowl mix glaze ingredients together. Spread glaze over cooked meatloaf and microwave 1 minute more. Remove from oven and allow to rest a few minutes before serving.

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