Meatloaf Cupcakes & Mashed Potato Frosting

25 January 2010
I can't wait for dinner tonight.  Oh yeah, it's going to be a good one.

I made these fab meatloaf cupcakes last summer after I read about them on Bake at 350.  Bridget made them as an April Fools dinner for her family.  {She is also added some amazing cupcakes for dessert.}  The meatloaf cupcakes were a huge hit with Finnegan.  I credit these with curing his {OMG he is not my child!} hatred of mashed potatoes.  I love how easy it is to sneak in tons of veggies, they were lighter tasting than my usual brick of a meatloaf, plus let's face it, it will make you a fun mom to serve these. 

This weekend, Dave and I were talking about the meal plan for the week, and he asked me to make them again.  Six months later he remembered them.  If that doesn't convince you to give these a try, I don't know what will!

This time, I will also be making horseradish mashed potatoes instead of making instant that are pictured below.

Recipe {adapted from Bake at 350}

1/2 lb ground chuck
1/2 lb ground pork {or 1/4 lb ground pork and 1/4 lb ground turkey}
1 chopped carrot
1 chopped parsnip
1/2 large white onion
3/4 c bread crumbs
1/4 c milk
2 Tb chopped fresh parsley
2 eggs
1 Tb ketchup
1 Tb worcestershire
thyme, rosemary, seasoned salt & pepper to taste {around 1/2 - 1 tsp of the thyme & rosemary}

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a cupcake pan with a little Pam or olive oil.

Sautee the parsnip, carrot, & white onion until just softened.  {Bonus: You could add celery, green pepper, or any other veggie your family likes.}  Stick this in the food processor on pulse until the veggies are finely chopped.  Add the veggies to a large mixing bowl with all of the other ingrediants and mix well.  It feels gross, but really the best way is to use your hands and mush it all together. 

Add the meat to the cupcake tin in 12 equal portions.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until browned and they pull away from the sides of the pan a bit.

Serve with the vegetable of your choice & mashed potatoes piped on top with a large star tip.


Jackie said...

Have you ever tried it with ground turkey or chicken?

michele said...

these look sooo fun! and, i like that they only take half the time to bake as a full-size meatloaf. cause...ya know.....not like i put off dinner til the last minute or anything.....

Michelle said...

HA Michele!! I'm glad you said it because, ummmm yeah. Real meatloaf takes planning.

Michelle said...

Jack, I'm not going to lie. We eat meat around here and I know you like to avoid beef & pork, but I don't think they would be the same personally. I like to add in a little ground turkey, but I wouldn't make only ground turkey. That reminds me though, I do have an excellent recipe for you & I will post soon.

Sharon said...

YUM! Sign me up!

SnoopyMeg said...

GREAT IDEA! I will be making these this week! said...

Those are so awesome! I made them for Halloween one year. I called them Trick not Treat meatloaf cupcakes. They were a hit! I love the way you iped the mashed potatoes.

overnight said...

I just by random caught on your blog. I love some of your ideas!

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