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Friday, November 7, 2008

Meatloaf Cup Recipe

This is one of the biggest stand-by meals in my home. I usually have at least a dozen meatloaf cups in the freezer at any given time. The recipe is just a basic meatloaf recipe and I do make it in loaf pans a lot. But, doing it in cups makes them much more versatile, easier to freeze, and quicker to bake. Plus, if you're like me and love the crispy end piece of a meatloaf, you will love making your meatloaf like this. Each individual cup is crispy like an end piece. (It doesn't have to be though, if you don't like it that way!)
Meatloaf Cups
*Pleas note, all of these measurements are my best guesstimates. I usually just dump things in a bowl until I'm happy with the consistency.
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground turkey + 1 lb. ground beef (or any combination thereof, totaling about 2 1/2 lbs.)
  • 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 c. quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 c. ketchup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 onion, grated or finely diced
  • 3 T. worchestshire sauce
  • 2 t. garlic powder
  • 2 t. cumin
  • 2 t. salt
  • 2 t. Italian seasoning
  • 1 t. black pepper
  • 1/2 t. red chili pepper flakes
  • 1/2 t. allspice
1. Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and combine. Using your hands is definitely the easiest way.
2. Pack muffin tins to the top with meatloaf mixture. (This recipe is enough to make at least 24 meatloaf cups, one traditional meatloaf and 12 meatloaf cups, or 12 meatloaf cups and about 30 meatballs.)
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until fully cooked.
*To freeze and reheat: Cool completely and place in a freezer bag. (Gallon sized bags easily hold a dozen meatloaf cups.) It is not necessary to thaw these before reheating. They can be reheated either in the microwave (about 10-15 minutes, check every 5 minutes) or in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.


Heidi said...

I'm definitely making these this weekend! What a great thing to have on hand in the freezer!

jayedee said...

what a great idea! with these in the freezer my family can still have a homecooked meal on those nights where time gets away from me!

Wendy said...

I made these tonight and my family enjoyed them very much. I like the idea of cooking this is in the muffin pans. These are super easy to store as well. This will become a new staple in our home.