Potato-cheese frosted meatloaf recipe from 1974

Potato-cheese frosted meatloaf - Retro recipe

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Retro recipe for a potato-cheese frosted meatloaf

This vintage ’70s dinner idea is a little different from traditional meatloaf recipes in two ways: First, the loaf is covered with mashed potatoes, then topped with a little cheese. Second, the meat is mixed with soy protein to maximize your meat without minimizing the protein.

This recipe makes two meatloaves — one for now, and the other that you can freeze for later.

Potato-cheese frosted meatloaf - Retro recipe

Potato-cheese frosted meatloaf

Yield: 12 servings (2 loaves)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes


  • 6-1/2 ounces textured soy protein
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 ounces herb seasoned stuffing mix
  • 1/4 cup instant minced onion
  • 6-1/2 ounces instant mashed potatoes
  • 6 slices American cheese, each cut into 2 triangles
  • Heavy-duty Reynolds wrap foil


  1. In large bowl, mix soy protein and water.
  2. Let stand 5 min.
  3. Add chuck, salt, pepper, eggs, stuffing mix and onion.
  4. Mix thoroughly and shape into 2 loaves, about 3- by 8-inches.
  5. Line baking pan with Heavy Duty Reynolds Wrap and place one loaf in it.
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 350 (F) for 1 hour.
  7. Wrap other loaf in heavy-duty foil and freeze until needed.
  8. Prepare instant mashed potatoes according to directions.
  9. Frost potatoes over top and sides of meatloaf.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes.
  11. Place 6 cheese triangles on top of meatloaf.
  12. Bake for another 10 minutes.
  13. To bake the second meatloaf, remove from freezer, unwrap and place in baking pan lined with heavy-duty Reynolds wrap.
  14. Bake at 375 (F) for 2 hours, or thaw and bake for 1 hour.
  15. Cover loaf with foil to prevent over-browning.
  16. Frost with potatoes and top with cheese as directed above.


Makes 2 loaves, each serves 6.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 456Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 171mgSodium: 941mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 42g

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Potato-cheese frosted meatloaf - Vintage dinner recipe

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