Hello everyone! First I must start off with a big THANK YOU to Maria for hosting me here at Close to Home! I am pretty excited to meet everyone, and I look forward to hosting Maria over at my blog, Addicted to Recipes, in just a few weeks!
My name is Dawn, and I write the blog Addicted to Recipes. I’ve still a relative newbie to blogging, having only started in January of this year. My blog started off as a new year’s resolution to try one new recipe a week and blog about it, and it has grown to a fun passion and hobby for me. This all coincided with my maternity leave, so I had some extra time to be keeping my resolution. I had NO IDEA how fun blogging is!
I am married to an amazing man, and we have two wonderful little boys. I have enjoyed every step of my blogging journey so far, and have discovered some wonderful recipes along the way, such as Kung Pao Pork, Morning Glory Muffins, and Nanaimo Bar Ice Cream Cake to name just a few!
Anyone who knows me know that I’m not really a fan of meatloaf. I just don’t “get” eating a loaf of meat. Smothered in ketchup. I’m not a huge meat eater as it is, BUT I’m married to a transplant from Alberta…and, well, that’s beef country. While I would be happy with salad and lighter fare most of the time, that doesn’t please my hubby’s palate. Throw in the fact that our oldest loves meatloaf (it’s “their” thing when I am not going to be home for dinner) so when I came across this recipe, I thought I had better give it a try. Plus…the meatloaves turn out to look like cupcakes…that in itself is a selling feature for me! LOL Here is the recipe:
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup carrot, washed, peeled and finely chopped
1 teaspoon oregano (dried)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup ketchup, divided
1 1/2 lbs extra lean ground beef
1 cup Panko
2 tablespoons mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Mashed Potato Icing ; Toppings
Bacon (cooked and chopped), or bacon bits
Preheat your oven to 350.
Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet. Add in the onion, carrot, oregano and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
In a large bowl, combine the cooled onion mixture, 1/2 cup ketchup, ground beef, Panko, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, pepper and eggs. Use your hands to mix these ingredients well.
Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
Roll the meat mixture into large, muffin-sized balls and place into the muffin cups. Shape the meatballs like cupcakes. Top each cupcake with 2 teaspoons of ketchup.
Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before removing from the tins.
While the meatloaf is cooking, prepare your mashed potatoes according to your favourite mashed potatoe recipe (mine always includes milk, butter and cream cheese).
Once your cupcakes are ready to be “iced”, set them out on a serving tray. Scoop your mashed potatoes into a pastry bag and use the widest star tip that you have. Pipe the potatoes on top of the cupcakes. Note…allow your mashed potatoes to cool a bit before you start piping them (trust me!).
Sprinkle with bacon and chives, and serve!
These were SUPER POPULAR with my boys. I actually even enjoyed them as well, I think because it wasn’t just a loaf of meat. This way it was more of a meal…meat and potatoes…not just meat and ketchup! While the piping does take a bit of time, it was still fun and a fun way to eat dinner. We will do these again!
Thank you Dawn for sharing such a fun and great recipe that both kids and adults will love. If you are looking for a different version but not as cute come check out Close to Home’s Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf Cupcake recipe.