Keyword cherry tomatoes, green onions, ground beef, mashed potatoes
Prep Time 30minutes
Cook Time 25minutes
Standing Time 10minutes
Total Time 1hour5minutes
For the Meat Loaf
2poundslean ground beef
3clovesgarlic large minced
For the Decoration
1jarroasted red peppers12 ounces, drained and patted dry
3 1/2cupshot mashed potatoes
8cherry tomatoesstems removed
Preparing the Meat Loaf
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, green onions, milk, parsley, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper just until blended.
Divide mixture between two 8-inch round cake pans, patting to cover pans evenly and make level.
Bake meat loaves until juices run clear when meat is pierced with a fork, or meat loaves register 170°F on a meat thermometer, 20-25 minutes.
Remove pans from the oven; cover loosely with foil and let stand for 10 minutes.
Decorating the Meat Loaf
Pour off juices from pans. Invert 1 meat loaf onto a flat serving plate. Using a small sharp knife, trim red peppers so that they lie flat. Cover top of meat loaf with a single layer of roasted red peppers.
Invert second meat loaf onto red pepper layer. Using a spatula, spread 2 1/2 cups mashed potatoes over top and sides of meat loaf. Spoon remaining potatoes into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe swirls around top edges of cake. Pipe stars around bottom of cake.
Place cherry tomatoes, stem-ends down, in a ring around top of meat loaf "cake" to resemble cherries. Cut meat loaf into wedges; serve immediately.
Remember, cooking times may vary depending on ovens, so test doneness before stated cooking times. Nutritional values listed may vary from final results depending on actual measurements and brands used to prepare the recipe.