Tuesday, April 26, 2011

cheesy meatloaf minis

Poor meatloaf.  Many don't like you.  They don't even know you but, they judge you and they assume they don't like you.  Not my hubby.  He has a hard time meeting a meat loaf that he does not like.  He likes a lot of meatloaves but, rarely does he really love one.  If meatloaf is on the menu I know he will order you, make friends with you and continue to think about you the next day.  As a good wife I am always on the hunt for the great meatloaf.  I want to be the one who makes the meatloaf of his dreams.  This may not be the meatloaf that he wants to marry but, this one is easy to make and solid on taste.  The hidden pockets of melted cheese are a nice addition to the traditional meatloaf.  Extra bonus is Carter did not want to try it (hating on the loaf at a young age) but, once he did he exclaimed "this is yummy meat mom"!  That is really all I needed to hear to know that I was going to make this again.  I make the mix and split in half.  I bake one and freeze the other which is another plus to this recipe.

cheesy meatloaf minis
adapted: cooking light

1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs (about 1 ounce) - if fresh then lightly toasted
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 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
Preheat oven to 425°.

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.  Alternately you can divide the meatloaf mix into two loaves.  You can bake one large loaf for 30 minutes and freeze one for later use.


Lizzy said...

Oh, I LOVE this idea! I'm a meatloaf fan in the first place, and a cheesy filling just makes it better. Mmmmmmm....

Joanne said...

You had me at pockets of melted cheese. Love!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Okay this looks to good not to go out and get all the ingredient and make it for tonight and I am not lying. I even think Grant would eat it! He ate his first cheesburger this past weekend- yeah for my picky eater! This looks delicious girl!

Sarah@totalbassetcase said...

The hubs and I both LOVE meatloaf. And cheese. This looks amazing and is definitely going to make an appearance at our table very soon!

That Girl said...

We may be married to the same man

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