Meatloaf is one of those dishes that you either love or hate. There’s not really an in between. Our family LOVES meatloaf! I’ve eaten it many different ways, but my favorite way to eat it (and cook it) is in muffin form. We call this recipe the Miraculous Meatloaf Muffins for a reason. Try it, and you’ll understand!
- 3 pieces bread
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 pkg brown gravy mix
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 1 carrot peeled and chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 egg beaten
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 Cup ketchup
- 1 tsp cumin
- Dash worcestershire
- Dash hot sauce
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 400º.
- Break ground beef up into a large mixing bowl.
- Beat egg and add to bowl.
- Combine bread, salt, pepper and gravy mix in a food processor. Pulse until bread is in fine crumbs and seasonings are mixed. Add to bowl.
- Combine onion, carrot, garlic and milk in food processor. Pulse until there are no large chunks of veggies. Add to bowl.
- Mix well by hand until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Scoop mixture evenly into muffin tin.
- Bake at 400º for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven, drain grease and baste with topping.
- Bake another 10 minutes and remove from oven.
- Combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Can be topped with mashed potatoes and served as "meatloaf cupcakes" as shown.
When you’re adding ingredients, you can slip in just about any kind of veggie you want. I use carrot and onion. Onion for the flavor, carrot for the added vitamins. If you have picky kids that need vegetable intake, but won’t eat veggies (and will eat meatloaf), this is a great way to sneak them in.
Yes, I used a stainless steel scoop for the meatloaf. It dishes it our perfectly. Just plop the mixture into a muffin pan and bake. You get 12 evenly sized muffins this way
I put a quart sized zipper bag into a Mason jar to dish the mashed potatoes into. Squeeze out all of the air, cut one corner out, and you can pipe the mashed potatoes onto the meatloaf muffins like icing on a cupcake.
When you’re ready to add the topping to the meatloaf muffins, you can spoon it over or brush it with a basting brush. I usually just spoon it over the muffins, but if I’m making a full meatloaf, I’ll brush it over to get better coverage.
Applying the topping before the final 10 minutes of baking.
As always, I’ve got my iced tea. We usually have green beans with meatloaf, too. We’re creatures of habit, what can I say?