I have been wanting to make meatloaf and I had some unfrozen ground beef tick-tocking in the fridge, so I decided today needed to be the day.
I wanted to do something a little different and thought about making it in muffin tins. I googled up some recipes to get an idea of how much meat would fit in a muffin pan, how long I should cook it, etc.
All of the recipes I saw called for using 1 1/2 pounds of meat and made enough for one pan of 12 muffins. I decided to make a double batch, because, well, I have two muffin tins. I figured the extra muffins would be great to freeze to pull out for lunches and such.
This is more or less the ingredients I used. More, because I ended up not using the gravy mix and the onion powder. Less, because I forgot to put the eggs in the pic.
This is what I actually used:
3 pounds of ground beef
1 small raw onion, finely chopped
1-1/2 cup of finely chopped raw spinach
1/2 cup of diced, cooked cooked carrots
2 cups of crushed Rice Krispies or similar cereal (or crackers, bread crumbs, etc.)
2 cans of Campbell's Tomato soup
A little salt
A little pepper
A little garlic powder
I used Rice Krispies instead of crackers or such, because I had most of a box left from making almond bark crispies a few weeks ago.
My first thought was to pour the cereal in my big measuring cup and just crunch it up with a cup. I thought it would be easier to measure it, but it was quickly obvious that the idea was a fail. Instead I just dumped it in a Ziploc and squished away.
It took a couple of go rounds, but I got enough crushed to make 2 cups of crumbs.
I added the Rice Krispies crumbs, carrots, and eggs to the meat.
I also added the spices, about half the chopped spinach, about 3/4 of the chopped onion, and about 2/3 of the tomato soup to the meat.
Then I added the last of the chopped onion and spinach into the rest of the tomato soup.
I mixed the meat up well.
I then spooned the meat into the muffin tins and topped each one with a couple of spoons of the tomato soup mixture.
|I put it in the oven at 350 degrees.|
While the meat was cooking, I threw together a green bean casserole. My recipe is here. I rarely make green bean casserole, except on holidays, but I went in the kitchen a few days ago to find that my daughter had bought a couple of cans of onion rings and left them on the counter with this note attached. :D How could I say no to that?
All done and, oh my goodness, it was delicious! I am so glad I made the double batch; I am really doubting any of it will make it to the freezer. This dish will definitely see a repeat performance!
I ended up with a little more meat than would fit into the muffin tins. I took that meat and baked it in a loaf pan. It was only about an inch deep, but it made just enough to make a couple of meatloaf sandwiches. (I looove me some meatloaf sandwiches.)