Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Meatloaf Cupcakes

These "cupcakes" cook up quickly and taste great... not to mention, they're just fun!

1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground turkey
1 pkg Lipton Onion Soup Mix
2 Tbsp water
1 chopped bell pepper (optional)
2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbsp garlic powder
Cooking spray

Place ground meats in a large bowl. Stir together soup mix and water to make a slurry. Add soup mix, bell pepper, Worcestershire Sauce and garlic powder. Mix well. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray and form meat into generous-size meatballs. Place meatballs into muffin pan pressing them into each cup. You may need to add more meat to fill up each cup. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until the center of the meatloaves are no longer pink.

While the meatloaf is cooking, make the mashed potatoes.

Mashed Potatoes
5-6 large potatoes
2-3 cups chicken broth
2-3 Tbsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Peel and cut potatoes into 1 inch chunks. Boil in chicken broth until fork tender. Remove from heat and drain. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mash until smooth. You can add some broth back if your potatoes need a little moisture.

When meatloaf is done, remove from oven and top with potatoes. You can add a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese to the top if you like. Return to oven and broil for just a few minutes until the potatoes get slightly browned at the edges and peaks. Serve with your favorite vegetable.

For a spicier version, add a little Tony Chachere's to the meatloaf and mashed potatoes. For a twist... fill meatloaf cups 1/2 way, press your thumb into the middle of the meat to form a cup. Fill with veggies or cheese and top with meat to seal it in.

*Note: I have read conflicting information about whether or not onion soup mix has gluten. I have read that Lipton Onion Soup Mix is gluten free. If you're concerned, you can go to A Few Short Cuts for a recipe that is gluten free. It calls for beef bouillon. HerbOX beef bouillon is gluten free, FYI.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds good - and they look so cute. But I don't think the boys would go for it. Kind of like us having to be told the stew we were eating was meat and potatoes with gravy before we'd touch it.