Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Mini Meatloaves

Madison and Tony absolutely LOVE meatloaf so I make it fairly often. Although it's easy to make- it used to drive me crazy that it took so long to bake. So one day I decided to make it in a muffin tin instead of a loaf pan to cut down on the cooking time. It worked fabulously and in less than 30 minutes I had dinner on the table!

1 lb lean ground beef or chicken
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup herbed bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 can (15.25 oz ) Hunt's Family Favorites Seasoned Tomato Sauce for Meatloaf
1 T brown sugar
1 t oregano
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray. In large bowl mix ground beef, onion, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, egg, 1/2 can tomato sauce, brown sugar, oregano, salt and pepper with hands. Form into large balls and place one in each muffin tin cup. Press down till flat. Spread remaining tomato sauce on top of each mini meatloaf. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Serve on top of brown rice for a yummy, quick dinner!

TIP OF THE DAY: You can adapt your favorite meatloaf recipe to be made into mini meatloaves. Just cut the cooking time by 2/3 and check to make sure the center of each one is cooked all the way through.

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