Saturday, March 29, 2014

Meatloaf Cupcakes

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Anyone hungry?

Me too! I'm always hungry! But in my house, it's difficult to come up with something everyone will eat. Big A is meat and potatoes all the way. I like most anything, but generally a seafood person. The two teenagers eat most everything, but they eat A LOT. And the little five year old is picky with a capital P, and suspicious of everything I cook. It's a challenge. 

BUT, these Meatloaf cupcakes are a huge hit with my family. Everyone likes them, and they're filling. (And, I have seafood on nights out!) 

The're the perfect family dinner. (Admittedly, this recipe may not be featured on the menu at The Ritz, and I'm pretty sure it's not in any of Gordon Ramsey's cookbooks. However, it will make your family very, very happy.) 

Now, they're a cute shape, and you "frost" them with mashed potatoes - adorable. But the real treat is that they're delicious! 

You can use your favorite meatloaf and mashed potato recipes, OR, try my recipes. (Pretty please with a cherry on top! They are so good!) 

Either way, make up a batch of mashed potatoes. Make some meatloaf mix. And put together a really fun and easy dinner! 

Here are my recipes: 

The Best Meatloaf 

2 slices white bread
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 lb ground pork
3/4 lb 85% lean ground beef
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated or 1/4 cup Romano cheese
1 egg, beaten
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Tear up the bread and add the buttermilk and beaten egg. Let the bread soak up the egg and milk for a few minutes.. 

Add all other ingredients and mix well.

Take handfuls and make meatballs that will fit in the muffin tin. Press one large meatball in each hole. (Never roll meatballs too much. You want them kind of "lose"). 

NOW, Pipe your mashed potatoes on each cupcake.  (Scroll down for the best mashed potato recipe!) 

Bake at 350f for 1 hour. 

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meatloaf recipe, meatloaf cupcakes, meatloaf, mashed potatoes

meatloaf recipe, meatloaf cupcakes, meatloaf, mashed potatoes

Super Good Mashed Potatoes

 8 medium potatoes

1 cup sour cream
8 ounces cream cheese, room temp
4 tablespoons butter, room temp
1/4 cup chives
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons onion flakes
1/2-1 cup thinly sliced green onion
bacon bits or 2 slices cooked crumpled bacon
milk (add just enough to make them the right consistency)

Peel and cut up the potatoes. I make them all the same size, usually in fourths. You don't have to be too accurate, just eye-ball it! 

Put them in cold water and bring to a boil. Boil for about 30 minutes. I take a fork and stab a potato at this point, if it slides off the fork, it's done. If not, give it a few more minutes. 

When you have sliding potatoes (!), they're done, so drain 'em. Pop them back in the pan and mash with a potato masher (not a mixer). Add all other ingredients and stir.

If using as meatloaf cupcake frosting, put the potatoes in a pastry bag or, in my case, a gallon Ziploc. Cut the corner and "Pipe" the potatoes on top of each cupcake.

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Again, bake at 350f for 1 hour. 

These are pretty messy, so it's a good idea to put a large cookie sheet in the bottom of your oven if the meat juices bubble over. 

The mashed potato recipe makes a LOT! Save the leftovers for another day! I freeze mine, and they're just fine to use after a few weeks. 

Let me know if you try them. I'd love hearing from you! I'd also love for you to follow along on FB, Pinterest, OR 

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Rea Alducente said...

Meet loaf and mashed potatoes! I love them!! And yours look pretty easy to make and yummy too! Thanks for sharing..

Kim said...

These do look good! I just pinned it as well!

Unknown said...

I hope you make them Kim!

Rea, they're easy to make and fun for the kids!


Unknown said...

There's a place in Chicago that sells only meatloaf cupcakes! I've been meaning to go there for years because it looks awesome. But now I'm thinking I'll just whip up some of my own. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Unknown said...

Marisa - I'd love to have them made for me, but they're easy enough to whip up! I hope you try them! Julia

Unknown said...

Marisa - I'd love to have them made for me, but they're easy enough to whip up! I hope you try them! Julia

Shelley said...

Okay, I don't mean to over think this thing...but...are you saying to bake the meatloaf cupcakes for one hour before adding the potatoes or one hour before and then another hour after adding the potatoes?

Shelley said...

Okay, don't mean to overthink this but are you saying to cook one hour before and after you load on the mashed potatoes?

Unknown said...

Hi Shelley,

No, I add the potatoes on top of the raw meatloaf mix, THEN bake the whole thing for 1 hour. :) Sorry, I will edit to make this clearer!


Susan Maccarelli said...

I have to admit that upon seeing the words 'meatloaf cupcakes', I gagged a little, but as a meatloaf lover, the picture and description sound so yummy!!! Clever!! I shall pin it immediately :o)

Unknown said...

Susan - yes, I see your point! It sounds gross, but they are delish! LOL! Julia

Rachel Kathy G @ onlinesisterhood said...

I want to try these! Love the idea of the meatloaf IN a muffin tin (great portion size & they are just so dang cute)!. pinning them----have a great week. found you at work it WED linky party

Unknown said...

Rachel Kathy G - thanks for stopping by! Yes they're the perfect portion (but I eat two!) Julia

Kim Stevens said...

Oh this is going on the menu, so cute, and looks amazing! Thank you for sharing this!

Unknown said...

Thanks Kim! I hope you like them!


Candy S said...

The meatloaf cupcakes look so good. If it weren't Friday in lent I would be making a batch of these for tonight. Yum!!!

Unknown said...

Thanks Candy! Save them for tomorrow night! I hope you like them! Julia

Christina Herrera said...

What a great idea! Next time I make meatloaf I will definitely make it like this!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness these look great! Love the whipped potatoes on top.

Thanks for sharing.

Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods said...

Meatloaf and mashed potatoes are some serious comfort food! Thanks for the recipe!

I'm so excited to see your project on Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Thanks for linking up with us!

~ Ashley

Unknown said...

Thank you Ashley! Have a great weekend! Julia

Jennifer - they're delicous, albeit nothing fancy!

I'm a Mom - let me know if you make them!!!


Antionette Blake said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us at the #WWDParty!

Unknown said...

Thank you Antoinette! Glad you stopped by! Julia

Carrie This Home said...

My hubby and I are definitely meat and potatoes people so we would love this! Pinning this to my dinner board right now! Glad I stopped by from Skip The Housework Saturday!

Unknown said...

Hi Carrie, thanks for the pin! I hope you make them and like them. Let me know, Julia

EstheticGoddess said...

OMG! I will have to make these for the hubby. He will love them!

Unknown said...

Meatloaf + Cupcake = Genius! :)

Unknown said...

Goddess - in my experience hubbies love these! LOL!

Amy, thank you!

Glad you guys stopped by!


Danielle Wells said...

Hello there! Great post about an easy meal! Just wanted you to know that you're being featured at the Weekend Wind Down Link Party this Friday!

Unknown said...

Hi Danielle, thank you for the feature! I soooo appreciate it!


Robin said...

I love mini anything!!! These look great! xo

Anonymous said...

Wow! I will have to try husband loves meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

Crystelle said...

If I wasn't hungry before I saw these cute little meatloaf cupcakes, I certainly am now! How adorable they are... And they sounds so mouth-wateringly yummy!!
“hugs” Crystelle
Crystelle Boutique

Unknown said...

Thank you Crystelle! They are pretty good - and they freeze! I just pulled a couple out of the freezer for my lunch yesterday and they were still good!

robin - mini anything appeals to me too! Maybe the word "mini" also seems healthy!

Horsemarkcards - my husband loves these too!