Meatloaf was a staple in my home. I remember eating it often. I think it was an inexpensive dish that could feed a family and the meat could be stretched with the added ingredients of oatmeal and veggies.
I am not complaining. I really like meatloaf. I feel that as cooks we have come a long way with this dish. I have seen meatloaf draped in bacon, served on sandwiches and filled with all types of cheese.
Sounds good to me!
I think that you could easily change a few things and have an adult version in no time. Some options would be to cover the top with BBQ sauce, you could add more herbs and you could use a sharper flavored cheese. I prefer using blue cheese but my kids don't like that as much.
This is a quick meal, one that can be prepared the day before and even frozen for a later date. ENJOY!
Recipe: Mini Meatloaf's and Grilled Asparagus, makes 15
2 lbs of meat ( You can use just hamburger or a combination of Pork/beef/veal)
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/2 red onion, diced small
1 cup of oatmeal
1/2 can of diced red tomatoes
1/2 cup of ketchup
1 tsp. each of fresh Rosemary and Thyme
Mozzarella cheese sticks or the mini cheese balls
Ketchup for the top
Preheat your oven to 375. You will need your cupcake pans. A liner is not needed.
If you are using the cheese sticks, cut them into thirds and set aside.
Mix all of the ingredients until well combined.
I used a spoon and put the meat in my palm and shoved the cheese stick into the middle and then shaped it into a ball. The little meatloaf's should stick up above the pan just a little. They will shrink a bit when cooked.
Once you pan is filled, squirt some ketchup on top of each one. I used a pastry brush to spread the ketchup around.
Bake the mini meatloaf's for 30 minutes. Let them sit in the pan for a few minutes before removing them. You want them to absorb the juices so that they are moist and not dry.
For the grilled asparagus I used skewers to cook them on the BBQ. I found this to be so much faster instead of turning each one individually. Cook them for a few minutes on each side and then serve with butter or your favorite sauce.