Sunday, October 12, 2014

Meatloaf Muffins

Meatloaf is the ultimate in comfort food if you ask me. These are a fun way to have a personal-size chunk-o-meat on your dinner plate! Add whatever veggies you want, but here's what i did:
1 T olive oil
1 small onion, chopped fine
2 carrots peeled, grated on large grater
1/2 bell pepper (red is my fave), chopped fine
1 tsp dried oregano
3 cloves garlic, minced
1- 1 1/2 cups ketchup
2 1/2 lbs ground beef
40 saltine crackers, crushed to crumbs
1-2 T mustard
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 tsp salt
3 eggs
Heat oven to 350. heat oil in skillet, add onion, carrot, bell, oregano and garlic. cook 3-4 minutes. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup ketchup, cooked veggies and all other ingredients. Mix well with bare hands or spoon. Grease muffin tins (this makes 24 muffins). Fill muffin tins with meat mixture but do not overflow. Just about level with the top. Top each muffin with 2 tsp ketchup (I mix a tablespoon or so brown sugar with my ketchup first to make a sweeter sauce). Bake 25-30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes in tin before you serve.
*I served these next to some mashed potatoes. For the gravy, i used a packet of Au Jus once it boiled I added 1 Tbl cornstarch to about 1/4 cup cold water, stirred, then added to boiling gravy. It thickened just enough to make a yummy gravy to drizzle over the potatoes. We were in comfort heaven! These freeze well in a freezer ziplock!

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