Anyway, we're always struggling to get kids to eat stuff around here because I am being cosmically schooled for being such a picky toad way back when. So, I decided to make something I call Muffin Tin Meatloaf.
|You are my inspiration...Meat-Loaf.|
The link didn't go back to a recipe or anything so this is what I did:
Spray 12 well muffin tin well. Take two pounds of ground beef seasoned how you like it, fill the tin up to the brim. Bake at 375' for 20-ish minutes. (The link says 15 will do but I found that my oven made it closer to 25 minutes.) I was worried that they would be difficult to extract from the tins but they popped right out (see below).
|Shhhh. They are resting.|
I reconstituted Sunday's mashed potatoes by adding pats of butter, microwaving and stirring and then repeating until I was happy. These I scooped onto the top of the finished 'muffins'.
|It tasted prettier than it looked.|
Doing it this way saved me a lot of time--25 minutes of cooking time versus 60 minutes. Doing it in the tins made for a crunchier meatloaf which I liked quite well. Also, it wasn't swimming in juices at the end of the cook time like a loaf does. Serving was easy--individual muffins on each plate, topped with gravy. 'Voila!' as a lushy Julia Child might say. If I were really fabulous, I would have piped the potatoes on with a frosting bag but these were red mashed potatoes and that seemed like it would be trying too hard.
What I didn't like:
I still have picky kids who made faces. News at eleven.