Thursday, April 21, 2011

Cheesy Meat Loaf Minis



Isn't it funny how your tastes change as you get older? When I was younger, the worst words ever uttered from my mom were "we're having meat loaf for dinner." NOOOOOOOO! And the food wars began.

Now I think meat loaf is great, I've made several different kinds, and I make them often. I think that's what I like so much about it, it's so versatile!

The first thing I thought after I made these was how fun they would be for entertaining. I love the idea of everyone getting their own little meat loaf, it feels so welcoming and personalized. Plus, you can't go wrong with a meat loaf that is gushing with cheesy pockets, and full of great flavor. Give these a try, you'll love them!

Cheesy Meat Loaf Minis
Cooking Light January 2011

Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs (about 1 ounce)
Cooking spray
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup ketchup, divided
3 ounces white cheddar cheese, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425°.

2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add breadcrumbs; cook 3 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently.

3. While breadcrumbs cook, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Combine onion mixture, breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup ketchup, and remaining ingredients. Shape into 6 (4 x 2-inch) loaves on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; spread 2 teaspoons ketchup over each. Bake at 425° for 25 minutes or until done.

Serves 6

Per Serving: 256 cal, 11g fat, 28g prot, 11g carb, 0.9g fiber

Have your tastes changed? What kinds of things do you like more/less now that you're older?

33 comments:

Nisrine Merzouki said...

Lovely, not only because they're mini but because they must taste GREAT, with all the cheese and other awesome ingredients.

Ann said...

Teresa, I was the same way! I would NEVER eat meatloaf. Now, I love it and I love these cheesy minis. They look delicious!

Gloria said...

Teresa this look delicious! gloria

Pam said...

Love it! Wish I had this for dinner.

Julie said...

You're right, I'll bet you definitely can't go wrong with those! They look delicious :) I've developed an appreciation of meatloaf as I've grown up too.

Burp and Slurp~! said...

Hee hee that's funny...I've always wanted to try meatloaf when I was younger, but my mom always just made Korean food and I HATED that, too!

Lester Mendez said...

Yum! Yum! This look very delicious! Great for dinner! Graving for this one! Hope there's a meal like this one in our place here in New York Saloon.

Cassie said...

I like how the cheese is in chunks instead of shredded. That's who my mom made it and it was always awesome to bite into a chunk of cheese!

Mary said...

These really do look wonderful. I love portion control and as it happens I also love meatloaf. I'd really love to have a serving of this. Blessings...Mary

Natalie said...

I haven't had meatloaf since I was a kid...but I've had it on my to-make list forever! These look so great and I love that we'd have leftovers!

Brownieville Girl said...

I can't imagine that there was ever a time when I wouldn't have loved to have these served up to me!!

Foodness Gracious said...

They look awesome and mini anything is a friend of my daughter's
Thanks!!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

The cheese in these looks to die for! Yum, maybe I could make them with beans :-)

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

oh yum and adore your mini series oh i am so much diverse in what i eat now i am older

Reeni said...

I am crazy for meatloaf! These are so cute and sound incredibly good with the cheesy insides!

cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

Looks good, I have some hamberger out, maybe I should try this???

Barbara Bakes said...

I've made meatloaf several times lately too. Love the idea of mini loafs, as well as chessy pockets!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I love that these are minis. Everything is better in miniature form!

mybizzykitchen.com said...

I am still not a fan of meatloaf, but my husband loves it - and I don't know why because I love burgers!

My tastes have changed so much - growing up the only vegetables I ate were cucumbers and carrots, i.e. not cooked. Turns out my mom overcooked veggies so much I didn't like them.

The first time I had fresh asparagus I was shocked at how good it was! Now I eat broccoli, cauliflower, baby spinach, spaghetti squash - I missed out for so many years!

Hope you have a great Easter weekend!

Leslie said...

I wonder if it true that taste buds change every 7 years???? These look pretty damn tasty!

Cooking Gallery said...

How cute! I am fascinated by mini foods ;)! And I like the combo of meat loaf and cheese. Great idea!!

Victor said...

I love the sound of meatloaf as finger food. What an idea!

Joanne said...

Haha considering the fact htat I hated all veggies as a kid...yeah I could say that my tastes have changed. :P i'm loving those cheesy pockets! Can't go wrong there.

girlichef said...

Well, I for one have always loved meatloaf...and I'm totally diggin' on these. Want some! But yeah, I know whatcha mean. I do love some things now that I loathed as a kid ;)

Kim said...

Yum! I love the way you describe this meatloaf with the cheesy pockets. Looks delicious.

I definitely do like a lot of foods now that I did not as a child. When I was little I used to pretend I was allergic to green beans. I would gag and choke and carry on whenever I ate them. Now I love them.

garlutti said...

this look delicious! , greentens from SPAIN MARIMI

Elizabeth and Jared said...

I love that these are the ultimate finger food - and comes with sauce! They look great. Fantastic photos too!

The Blonde Duck said...

These look so good. I love meatloaf, esp. little mini ones!

Barbara said...

So cute...individual meatloaves! I love it. And I love the two kinds of cheese. Really a great idea, Teresa!

Velva said...

I enjoyed meatloaf growing-up and consider it a comfort food. Served along side mashed potatoes and a vegetable-delicious.

I think the mini-version is a neat idea. You are right, its good for entertaining too.

Velva

Chris said...

Awesome little guys! I'd want to slice them in half and make sandwiches for lunch the next day, my favorite leftovers!

TheFishie said...

I think whether you like meatloaf or not depended upon whether you liked your parent's home cooking or not. There was no cheese in my grandmother's recipe, although she used 3 different kinds of ground meat, so it was often dry. I'm also not sure she did the sauce on top which made the whole thing look like an overdone burger. Thanks for sharing!

Alex said...

Would you believe it if I said that I'm drooling right now as I stare at those delicious cheesy meat loaves? If I could, I would try them out myself. But I guess that will have to wait until my next day off.

Alex Staff