3 slices white or wheat bread (I use the butt ends for this recipe)

1 cup milk

2 ½ - 3 lbs. 80/20 ground beef

1 large onion, chopped

1 jalapeno, chopped fine

2 Tbs. fresh thyme leaves

3/4 cup flavored bread crumbs

¾ cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup A1 Sauce

2 tsp. prepared horseradish

1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce

1 Tbs. Soy sauce

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper

2 tsp. garlic powder



3 cups leftover mashed potatoes

1 ½ cups grated cheddar or cheddar jack cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees


Tear the bread into small pieces and place in a small bowl with the milk.  Soak until milk is mostly absorbed.


Place the of the meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl along with soaked bread.  Mix thoroughly, kneading with your hands to ensure that all of the flavors are mixed throughout the meat.


Place the entire hamburger mixture in a large, ungreased loaf pan or small casserole dish. 


Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until bubbly and cooked through in the center.


For HAMBURGER PIE, bake meatloaf mixture in a pie plate or casserole dish for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and top with the mashed potatoes (warm in the microwave first so they spread easily) in an even layer and cover with shredded cheese.  Bake for another 20-30 minutes until bubbly and the cheese is melted and lightly browned.

This meatloaf is a flavorful, hearty dish that reminds me of home.  This basic recipe, like many of the others in my repertoire, have been passed down through several generations.  However, with this one, each generation has added their own twist making it uniquely there own.  After all, you can never make the same meatloaf twice!