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Meatloaf & Cheesy Mashed Potatoes 
Sep. 25, 2010 5:55 am 
I had gotten a couple boxes of reduced fat Cheez-Its that we weren't eating very quickly as snacks, so I decided to try them in a meatloaf recipe. I'd seen a recipe a long time ago where cheese crackers were used instead of breadcrumbs or other crushed crackers and thought it had potential. I couldn't find an actual recipe when I searched that used them for meatloaf, so I decided to use the Rempel Family Meatloaf recipe and sub the cheese crackers for Ritz. We had our meatloaf with some quick garlic french bread, steamed broccoli and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes... it was a cheesy kind of night!! :)

Unfortunately, the cheese crackers REALLY overpowered the meatloaf flavor which stunk, because I could tell under the heavy processed cheese flavor there were some great flavors going on in the meatloaf. My son loved it anyway, my husband was not happy at all but agreed it had good potential if I made it with regular crackers next time. He usually loves meatloaf, sorry babe!! I slathered mine with some ketchup to help cover the taste of the crackers up a little and enjoyed it anyway...! :)

The potatoes were great! Something a little different, and super easy to whip up in the Kitchen Aid mixer. I loved the creamy texture and the flavor of the sour cream in them! I only made half the original recipe and it was plenty for dinner plus leftovers. I omitted the chives, and used bacon bits instead of real bacon since I was out of bacon! Ack! I will definitely use that recipe again, yum! I also used red potatoes and left most of the skins on, I have been getting red potatoes in my Farmers Market Baskets and am really coming to love them!

Rempel Family Meatloaf


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup crushed buttery round crackers
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons steak sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Stir the ground beef, crushed crackers, Cheddar cheese, and onion soup mix in a large bowl until well combined. Whisk the eggs, ketchup, and steak sauce in a separate bowl until smooth. Mix the eggs into the meat until evenly combined, if the mixture seems too dry, add a little water. Press into a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until the meatloaf reaches 160 degrees F (71 degrees C) and is no longer pink in the center, 45 to 60 minutes.
Servings: 6-8


  • 8 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon minced chives


  1. Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water; cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain and mash. Add sour cream, butter, salt and pepper; beat until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese, bacon and chives if desired. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees F for 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
Servings: 8
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Rebekah Rose Hills

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About Me
I love preparing meals for my family, I grew up eating home cooked dinners as a child, and felt that time around the table was very special. It gives me a LOT of pleasure to prepare something my family enjoys!
My favorite things to cook
I cook with a lot of chicken, we prefer boneless, skinless breasts. I don't think I have a preference for a certain style of food, or ethnicity. I cook mainly simple, meat and rice/pasta/potatoes kinds of meals. I enjoy trying different flavors and fixing new recipes. We enjoy italian, southern, mexican, etc.
My favorite family cooking traditions
It's sort of a tradition in our house to have biscuits and gravy every weekend, usually Saturday morning. My husband grew up in the South, and it's comfort food! I love preparing a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner: Roast turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, and cranberry jelly... MMMMM!!!!
My cooking triumphs
I think I was pretty thrilled with myself the first time I successfully made a home-made pizza crust. I am also very good with homemade breads, and very proud of my banana and lemon poppy seed breads!
My cooking tragedies
I have two classic cooking tragedies from when I had just started cooking (age 16) - the first time was when I tried to thicken gravy by adding flour directly into the HOT liquid - LOTS of clumps... it was SOO gross! The 2nd time was when I tried to make my first white sauce, and I just could NOT get the flour to milk ratio right, it was pasty and disgusting!!! I've learned a lot since then, but those are classic OOPS memories!
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