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Playing Spring Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Peas


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb or ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 slices white bread, crusts trimmed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 bunch scallions, white and green parts separated and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
  • 2 pounds small red-skinned new potatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cup beef stock or consomm
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


Serves: 4




Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 450F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the meat in a large bowl and season liberally with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, soak the bread in the milk then crumble the bread into the meat.



Mix the scallion whites, parsley, mint, garlic, egg, lemon zest and a healthy drizzle of EVOO into the meat. Separate the mixture into 4 equal portions. Using your hands, form 4 mini loaves about 1 1/2-inches thick. Place the loaves on the prepared baking sheet and roast in the oven until cooked through, 15-18 minutes.



Meanwhile, in a pot, combine the potatoes and enough cold water to cover; bring to boil. Salt the water and cook potatoes until tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and return to the hot pot. Add the half-and-half, scallion greens, and 2 tablespoons butter; mash to your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper then fold in the peas. Cover the pan to keep warm.



In a small skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Whisk the flour for 1 minutes then whisk in the beef stock (or consomm) and Worcestershire; season with pepper. Cook to thicken the gravy for a couple of minutes, then whisk in the mustard.



Serve meatloaf with the mashed potatoes. Top with gravy.