Air Fryer Sweet Potato-Topped Mini Meat Loaves

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These colourful meat loaves are a meal in one when served with some tender-crisp green beans alongside for an unforgettable family meal. Using an air fryer speeds up cooking time so you can get dinner on the table faster.

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Air Fryer Sweet Potato-Topped Mini Meat Loaves

  • Author: ThinkBeef
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x

Ingredients

Scale

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

1 lb (500 g) sweet potatoes (about 1 large), peeled and cubed

3 tbsp (45 mL) butter

¼ tsp (1 mL) EACH salt and pepper

¼ cup (60 mL) grated Parmesan cheese

Meat Loaves

1 lb (500 g) Lean Ground Beef

⅓ cup (75 mL) grated parmesan cheese

1 green onion, finely chopped

1 tbsp (15 mL) prepared horseradish

¼ tsp (1 mL) EACH salt and pepper

Cooking spray

1 cup (250 mL) shredded Cheddar cheese

2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh parsley


Instructions

  1. Mashed Sweet Potatoes: Place potatoes in a saucepan and add cold water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until tender. Drain well and return to saucepan; add butter, salt and pepper. Mash, using a potato masher, until smooth; stir in Parmesan cheese.
  2. Meat Loaves: Meanwhile, combine beef, Parmesan cheese, green onion, horseradish, salt and pepper using a fork in a large bowl (careful not to over-mix).
  3. Divide meat mixture into four equal portions and shape into ovals about 4 inches (10 cm) long and about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. Place in lightly sprayed air fryer basket, spacing them apart. Spread mashed potato mixture on tops of loaves, dividing equally.
  4. Set temperature to 375ºF (190ºC) and time for 15 minutes. Cook until a digital instant-read thermometer inserted into centre of each loaf reads 160ºF (71ºC).
  5. Combine Cheddar cheese with parsley in a small bowl. Generously sprinkle over top of meat loaves. Return to air fryer basket. Set time for 2 minutes. Cook until cheese is melted.

Per Serving (1 meatloaf or 1/4 recipe): 580 calories, 34g fat, 19g saturated fat, 120mg cholesterol, 870mg sodium, 31g carbs, 4g fibre, 10g sugars, 36g protein, vitamin A 165%, vitamin C 28%, vitamin D ≥1%, calcium 45%, iron 20%.

*Calcium = 450 mg per serving


Notes

To bake in the oven instead of an air fryer: place mini meat loaves on a parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet and top with mashed sweet potatoes. Bake in preheated 375ºF oven for about 25 minutes or until a digital instant-read thermometer inserted into centre of each loaf reads 160ºF (71ºC). Sprinkle with cheese and parsley mixture and bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Substitute yellow-fleshed potatoes for the sweet potatoes.

You can pick up some store-bought mashed potatoes to use on top of the meat loaves for a short cut. Or, if you have leftover mashed potatoes, it’s a great time to use them up!

Feel free to omit the potato topping and simply sprinkle mini meat loaves with Cheddar and parsley.

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