This is another Operation Clean-Up recipe. I have a few packages of chopped beef or turkey or chicken, in my freezer. I took out the beef and then did my usual search.
Recently, on a Costco trip, we picked up a box of avocados and then I forgot about them. I had let them ripen and placed them in the refrigerator with a package of Bell peppers of all different colors. I am wondering how I missed the avocados when I used up, all but one of the peppers (6).
I have never done this before but I have, this past year, added avocado to many dishes so why not meat loaf. I also don't usually add nuts to my meat dishes, at least not ground nuts but again, what should I do with a large container of ground walnuts. You know!
I should be embarrassed to admit what I used for the topping. I keep instant mashed potatoes in the cabinet to use as a breading for hubby with celiac. If you have not done this, I suggest, you try it. It makes a delicious coating. I had some left in the box so I used that and made mashed potatoes for the topping. Of course, if you make this, you can use real potatoes.
Nutty Avocado Meat Loaf with Potato Topping
1 pound chopped beef
1 avocado, mashed into chopped meat
2 tablespoons Hickory Jack barbecue sauce
1/2 cup ground walnuts
1/2 cup flax meal
2 cups mashed potatoes
Preheat oven 350 degrees.
With a fork, "mush" the chopped meat with the avocado. Add the barbecue sauce, walnuts, flax meal and egg. Mix it well so that the flavors are throughout the meat mixture.
Transfer to a baking dish or a loaf pan.
Make your mashed potatoes. Spread on top of uncooked meat loaf and sprinkle top lightly with paprika.
Bake for an hour. Eat and enjoy.