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Muffin-Pan Meat Loaves

I used to have a catering business, and my specialty was comfort food. I once needed a gluten-free meat loaf, and my clients went nuts over this recipe. I often use an 8x8-in. pan or a loaf pan, but a muffin tin really cuts the cooking time. —Vangie Panagotopulos, Moorestown, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3/4 pound ground turkey
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine the first 9 ingredients. Add beef and turkey; mix lightly but thoroughly. Place 1/3 cup mixture into each of 12 ungreased muffin cups, pressing lightly.
  • In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients; spoon over meat loaves. Bake, uncovered until a thermometer reads 165°, 15-20 minutes.
    Freeze option: Bake meat loaves without topping. Cool meat loaves, and freeze, covered, on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet until firm. Transfer meat loaves to an airtight container; return to freezer. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Place meat loaves on a greased shallow baking pan. Prepare topping as directed; spread over tops. Bake in a preheated 350° oven until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
2 mini meat loaves: 304 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 147mg cholesterol, 706mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein.
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