Thursday, January 15, 2009

Mini Meatloaves

I stumbled upon this meatloaf recipe a while back when I was searching for a recipe that didn't call for 2 pounds of hamburger. This has been my favorite meatloaf recipe since. You can make it for two people, or ten (put your math skills to the test!). It doesn't have to cook for hours, and everyone I've made it for loves it. Oh, and the little loaves really are quite cute!

1 egg
¼ C Milk
1/3 C crushed Saltine crackers
3 Tbs. chopped onion
¼ tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. Sage
Dash of Pepper
½ lb Lean Ground Beef (I usually use one with 10% fat or less. Figure 1/4 lb per person, or more if you have hungry boys at your house.)
¼ C Ketchup
2 Tbs. brown sugar
¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce

In a bowl, beat the egg. Add milk, cracker crumbs, onion, salt, sage and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture, then get your hands in there and mix well. Don't over mix. Just squish it together until everything is incorporated.

Then, shape into loaves, place in a shallow baking dish or cookie sheet lined with foil. (This makes clean up SO much easier!)

Now for the sauce! Do not skimp on the sauce! Spread it all on there, and try not to lick your fingers. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until sugar is mostly dissolved and then spoon it evenly over meat loaves. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. I love to serve these with baked potatoes, green beans and salad!


Debi (Dubs2007) said...

Thankyou thankyou thankyou!! this is the cutest Idea and I love the cleanup idea! my husband loves meatloaf, but we always have too much left over - Do you think you could freeze them? I would love to freeze half to cook later.


Aubri said...

Debi--you are so welcome! I haven't ever tried freezing these, but I don't know why it wouldn't work to freeze them. I would suggest putting the loaf together, and freezing it (before baking), then just add the sauce before you cook 'em. That way the sauce won't get all sticky and messy. If you try it, let me know how it goes! The leftovers make a mean sandwich! I hope your hubby likes it!

Amanda Rino said...

Rex loves meatloaf! I'm totally going to make this for him, but it will most likely gross Solo out! It's hard to cook for two boys who have really different food preferences.