Air Fryer Italian Meatloaf Bites with Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

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If you are in need of a delicious and filling meal, this Air Fryer Italian Meatloaf Bites with Parmesan Smashed Potatoes is exactly what you need! It is so good, it will have your tastebuds reeling. 

You really can never go wrong with a well-seasoned meatloaf, and then to top it off with some baby smashed potatoes, talk about heaven.

It can even all be made in the air fryer to keep things simple too, which of course we all love. Aka the best dinner recipe to keep on hand. 

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italian meatloaf ingredients

Ingredients and Supplies You’ll Need to Make Air Fryer Italian Meatloaf and Parmesan Smashed Potatoes:

Ingredients:

  • Lean ground turkey
  • Marinara sauce, divided
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Shredded parmesan cheese
  • Dried parsley
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Dried basil
  • Red pepper flakes (optional- for spiciness)
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Egg
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Worcestershire

Parmesan Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

  • Baby dutch potatoes
  • Olive oil, kosher salt, and ground black pepper, to taste
  • Dried rosemary, to taste
  • Shredded parmesan cheese, to taste

Supplies

 

Why does this taste so amazing?

This meatloaf recipe is unlike most others. It is appropriately seasoned and maybe adds even a little spice to kick things up a notch.

You can make this recipe as spicy (or not) as you want. 

And of course, with the added Parmesan cheese in the meat mixture, you cannot go wrong.

Type of meat to use for Italian meatloaf

In an effort to keep this on a little bit of the healthier side of things, I opted to use ground turkey for this recipe. 

However, you can also use ground beef or ground chicken for the meatloaf mixture as well!

 

Is this gluten-free?

Since we used Panko bread crumbs it does make this recipe gluten-free.

However, if you do not have panko you could also use old-fashioned oatmeal to keep this recipe gluten-free still.

 

How to make Air Fryer Italian Meatloaf and Parmesan Smashed Potatoes:

Step 1: Prep the potatoes

baby potatoes in a bowl

Wash the potatoes. Boil in a pot of water until tender (about 12-15 minutes).

Step 2: Create the meatloaf mixture

italian meatloaf ingredients in a bowl

In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup of marinara sauce along with all the remaining ingredients listed for the meatloaf. 

meatloaf mixed together in bowl

When you incorporate all the ingredients together, do not over-mix. Mixing too much will create tough meatloaf patties.

Step 3: Make up the meatloaf patties

meatloaf patties in air fryer basket

Form the meatloaf meat mixture into evenly sized mini loaves. 

You want to make them as best you can into a consistent thickness throughout the loaf so that it cooks evenly. Try to make all loaves a similar size so that they finish cooking at the same time.

Step 4: Cook the meatloaf patties

cooked meatloaf patties in air fryer basket

Place the mini meatloaf loaves in the air fryer basket on one side, leaving room for the smashed potatoes on the other for later.

Brush on the marinara sauce to the tops of the meatloaves. Air fry at 380 degrees F or 193 degrees C for 10 minutes.

Step 5: Continue with cooked potatoes

smashed baby potatoes on a cutting board

Once the potatoes are done boiling, carefully remove them from boiling water and place them on a hard surface, such as baking sheet.

Slightly cut an “x” into each potato with a knife to help it smash easier. Using a bottom of a ramekin, plate, or some other solid kitchen utensil, smash each potato to make it fairly flat.

Step 6: Add potatoes to meatloaf

cooked meatloaf patties with smashed potatoes topped with seasoning in air fryer basket

Add the potatoes to the other half of the air fryer basket. Spray the tops of the potatoes with oil and sprinkle on some salt, pepper, and dried rosemary to your liking.

Then, place the basket back in the air fryer and continue to air fry for an additional 5 minutes at 380 degrees F or 193 degrees C. 

The meatloaf should register around 160 degrees F or 71 degrees C using an instant-read thermometer when it is done cooking. Add more time as needed to get it to temperature.

Step 7: Finishing touches

cooked meatloaf and melting cheese smashed potatoes in air fryer basket

Add some parmesan cheese to the top of the potatoes and then close the air fryer basket and let the food sit in the warm basket for 1-2 minutes to melt the cheese (do not turn the air fryer on unless you desire charred cheese).

Remove contents from the air fryer basket, repeat for remaining loaves and potatoes, and enjoy!

plate of meatloaf and potatoes

Simple dinner recipes

This is not the only great meal you can make in the air fryer! There are so many delicious sheet pan dinners you can make in the air fryer to keep dinner simple and delicious. Give them a try too!

Sheet pan dinner recipes:

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Final Thoughts

This Italian meatloaf recipe is some perfect comfort food that you can make in the air fryer and have a full meal ready in no time. 

Since you cook the potatoes with this recipe, there is no need for additional sides when you want to keep it super simple.

meatloaf and potatoes on plate

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air fryer italian meatloaf bites

Air Fryer Italian Meatloaf Bites with Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

Talk about a home-cooked meal– this Air Fryer Italian Meatloaf Bites with Parmesan Smashed Potatoes is so juicy and seasoned to perfection.
4.67 / 5 ( 3 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4

Equipment

  • Large pot
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Ramiken
  • Sharp knife
  • Oil sprayer

Ingredients

Parmesan Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

Instructions

  • Wash the potatoes. Boil in a pot of water until tender (about 12-15 minutes).
  • In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup of marinara sauce with the remaining ingredients. Incorporate all ingredients together, do not over mix.
  • Form meat mixture into evenly sized mini loaves. You want a consistent thickness throughout the loaf so that it cooks evenly. Try and to make all loaves a similar size so that they finish cooking at the same time.
  • Place the mini meatball loaves in the air fryer basket on one side, leaving room for the smashed potatoes on the other. Brush on marinara sauce to the tops of the meatloaves. Air fry at 380 °F for 10 minutes.
  • Once potatoes are done boiling, carefully remove from boiling water and place on a hard surface, such a baking sheet.
  • Slightly cut an “x” into each potato with a knife to help it smash easier. Using a bottom of a ramekin, plate, or some other solid kitchen utensil, smash each potato to make it flat.
  • Add the potatoes to the other half of the air fryer basket. Spray the tops of the potatoes with oil and sprinkle on salt, pepper, and dried rosemary.
  • Air fry for an additional 5 minutes at 380 °F. Meatloaf should register around 160F when done cooking. Add more time as needed.
  • Add parmesan cheese to the top of the potatoes. Close the air fryer basket and let the food sit in the warm basket for 1-2 minutes to melt the cheese (do not turn air fryer on unless you desired charred cheese).
  • Remove contents from air fryer basket, repeat for remaining loaves and potatoes, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 941mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g

 

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Ingredients: Balsamic Vinegar, Basil, Black pepper, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Garlic Powder, Ground turkey, Italian Seasoning, Kosher Salt, Marinara sauce, Panko, Parmesan, Parsley, Potatoes, Rosemary, Worcestershire, Yellow Onion
Meal Type: 30-Minute Meals, Main Dish, Back to School, Fall, Spring, Summer, Gluten Free
Categories: Eggs, Meat and Poultry, Air Fryer

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