This post about mini cheese stuffed meatloaves recipe was updated 1/6/2017 with new photos and using ground turkey instead of ground beef. The results were just as delicious and after 5 years still well received by my family. I now need to figure how to make these in advance and freeze them for overnight sitters to have on hand. Any suggestions if I should bake them first or freeze them raw? Not sure how the Cheese will react to the freezing process. Needless to say, I hope you enjoy this recipe 5 years later or for the first time today. (This post may contain affiliate links to help support this blog!)
Cheese Stuffed Mini Meatloaves Recipe is a kid friendly meal that you can make ahead or even freeze for later use. Coming home from my Costco trip this week I found myself with 4 1/2 lbs of Organic Beef. Fortunately these are packaged in 1 1/3 lbs so I can just plop them in the freezer. My family is not a big red meat family but I crave it once in a while. This seems humorous to me as I was a vegetarian through out college and until I met my husband in my mid 20’s.
Although tacos is an easy route I found this recipe for Mini Cheese Stuffed Meatloaves in my coupon flyer that came from Kroger. They are kid friendly and remind me of big meatballs. What the heck I will give it a try. I found that using a large ice cream scoop kept my hands from having to roll up the raw meat and you could easily push in your cheese square.
The kids said they did not like the sauce. Hard to believe it was just sugared up ketchup. I thought it was nice and sweet but I would decrease or eliminate the amount of sugar in this next time. (UPDATE: We decreased Ketchup to 1/3 cup and 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar)
Addd some parsley or grated veggies to sneak in some more goodness into these Mini Cheese Stuffed Meatloaves. (UPDATE 2017: Added 1/4 cup chopped parsley to the recipe)
The adults gobbled up two at dinner, the kids ate one. I served it with noodles with olive oil and cheese only because they were requesting pasta that night. Maybe so mac and cheese would be tasty on the side too. (The kids gobbled up two each and my youngest ate a third one. Served with a side of mashed potatoes)
Use any of your favorite meatloaf recipes and make these kid sized treats that take only 30 minutes to bake. You might even want to try mini muffin tins for a kids buffet. Just decrease cooking time.
TO MAKE AHEAD: prepare the meat loaves without the sauce in the pan and cover with saran wrap the night before or morning of. Take the meatloaf filled pan out while preheating the oven and prepare sauce and proceed with the recipe.
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Mini Cheese stuffed Meatloaves Recipe–adapted from Kroger
- Cheese stuffed mini meat lovesPrep Time15 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time45 mins
Cheese stuffed mini meat loves are the perfect kid friendly dinner .Course: Main CourseCuisine: Italian, kidsKeyword: Cheese stuffed mini meat lovesServings: 6 peopleCalories: 211 kcalIngredients
- 1 egg beaten
- 3/4 cup milk I used 1 percent
- 1/2 cup Quick cook Oats-uncooked
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 lb ground beef or Turkey my pkg was closer to 1 1/3
- 12 cubes mild cheddar cheese cubes 3/4inch cubes
- 2/3 cup tomato ketchup
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar may want to decrease this to 1-1 1/2 tablespoons
Nutrition FactsCheese stuffed mini meat lovesAmount Per ServingCalories 211 Calories from Fat 36% Daily Value*Total Fat 4g 6%Saturated Fat 1g 5%Cholesterol 74mg 25%Sodium 706mg 29%Potassium 393mg 11%Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%Sugars 16gProtein 21g 42%Vitamin A 5.3%Vitamin C 1.3%Calcium 7%Iron 6.6%* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray 12 muffin tins with cooking spray
Combine the egg, milk, oats and salt in a large bowl. Add the meat and mix well. Will be a little runny so keep mixing to well distributed.
Divide mixture into 12 equal portions (using a large ice cream scoop if available)
Insert one cheese cube into center of meat and either roll into ball around cheese in your hands or just scoop it into the muffin tin.
Combine ketchup and brown sugar in a separate bowl. Stir thoroughly and spread over each mini meatloaf.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes