Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cupcakes? Muffins? Not quite--Mini Meatloaves

I have never been a huge fan of meatloaf, and no offense mom if you are reading this, but I always kind of dreaded it when it was on the menu for dinner.  However--lately I have been making meatloaf with ground turkey, and I like it a lot better.  A blog friend of mine, Robin, shared this recipe and I had to try it.  Instead of making a loaf, you make mini turkey loaves in muffin tins.  It works great because 1-2 of them is the perfect portion size.  I made the Italian version, but you can easily switch it up a bit and use taco seasoning, cheddar cheese and taco sauce instead.  You could also do just salt & pepper, with some barbeque sauce and cheddar cheese.  I thought about making a Greek version with spinach, feta cheese and greek seasoning.  Be creative! These are kind of fun and pretty kid friendly. 

1 lb ground turkey or beef
2 eggs
1 cup Panko bread crumbs (or plain bread crumbs)
Italian Seasoning
Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper
1/2 to 3/4 jar or marinara sauce
mozzarella cheese

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix ground meat, bread crumbs and eggs together in a large bowl.  Add your desired amount of Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt & pepper.  Mix well.
2) Fill each muffin tin 2/3 full and make a little indentation with a spoon.  Add a spoonful of marinara to the indentation and sprinkle mozzarella cheese over it.  The recipe should make about 12 "muffins."
3) Bake for 30 minutes. 

This works great served with potatoes or pasta and a green veggie.

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