Posted by: Kathy | April 7, 2010

Works For Me Wednesday: Muffin Meatloaves

So, last week I was in charge of the meat portion of dinner for my small group. We were doing a potluck, but since it’s always at our house, I always volunteer to do the meat as that’s the hardest thing to transport and keep the right temperature etc. I wanted to make meatloaf. I also wanted to make apple cake since I had tons of apples.

I got home from work and got the apple cake in the oven. Then, I looked at the clock. There was NO WAY meatloaf was going to be cooked in time for us to eat at 7. Panic! Then I remembered I had seen somewhere about cooking meatloaf in a muffin pan! Brilliant! That would seriously cut my cooking time!

Then, I got to thinking. (I do that sometimes.) If I made more than I needed for that night, I could put some in the freezer. I love putting stuff in the freezer for later. It makes me happy. So, I decided to pull out some more ground meat to make a bigger batch. I discovered that I only had ground pork. No more ground beef. I said, “Whatever,” and thawed it really quick. The result was AWESOME!

Here’s the recipe that evolved that night. It’s starting point was a Kraft Recipe that I had from FOREVER ago.

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 box Stove Top Stuffing Mix
  • 1/2 cup quick oats (or more if too wet)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup + additional BBQ sauce (your favorite) – Could use ketchup
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix everything together in a big bowl. Using a scoop (I used the large Pampered Chef scoop), fill muffin cups almost to the top. Press the tops so they are flat. Add additional BBQ sauce to the top of each muffin cup.

Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

Makes 24 Muffin Meatloaves

Muffin Meatloaves – they certainly worked for me! And, dinner was ready on time!!! Oh, and those extras I was going to put in the freezer. Ya, that didn’t happen. They were so good, they all got eaten except three for My Sweetie’s lunch the next day.

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Responses

  1. Mmmmmmmmmmm – that sounds delicious! I just made some meatloaf muffins last week and my hubby & kids were crazy. I didn’t use stuffing, though, and that really sounds so good. GREAT tip!!!

  2. I have a mini muffin recipe for this too … and I agree – so much quicker!! I actually tried a loaf one once and I was so worried that it would never get done!! Great tip!

  3. I’ve done mini-meatloaves too and they’re great for portioning out just the right amount of meat. Three ounces is a serving of meat and I usually get about 3 ounces from a muffin cup.

    I have used the ideas from this recipe for variety in our muffin meatloaves: http://www.recipezaar.com/recipe/Marvellous-Mini-Meatloaves-With-Options-OAMC-204682

    There is the base recipe plus a variety of toppings – Italian, “Fiesta”, Mediterranean, and BBQ.

  4. I so just made muffin meatloaves on Monday night. My family loves it every time.

  5. I love your idea of using stove top stuffing in it! I usually just use plain bread crumbs. Also, instead of ketchup or BBQ sauce I started using heinz chili sauce. It is delish! I have been cooking my meatloaf in muffin tins since my mom figured it out when we were kids. We would all fight over the end pieces of the meatloaf and she found we would all get an “end” piece this way and it cooks in half the time!

  6. Made muffin meatloaves yesterday with my old standby = oatmeal meatloaf = recipe.


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