Nutty Avocado Meat Loaf with Potato Topping


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
1 egg
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.


  1. Not a big fan of meat loaf but with the BBQ sauce, avocado and walnuts this sounds really good!

    1. I am not a big meat loaf fan, either, Terry but these sparked the meat up.

  2. I have come to really like cooking like this--these clean up recipes. Nice job, Chaya! Nuts added to the meatloaf sounds good!

    1. I spent a few hours, checking my cupboard and found a few surprised to use up. I wonder what creations, we will be eating.


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