Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mini Italian Meat Loaves

This morning I woke up craving meatloaf.  Tonight I made meatloaf.  Simple as that.

After work I reached down in the cupboard for a loaf pan and grabbed the muffin tins by mistake.  But...ah...what about mini meat loaves I thought?

Yes, perfect.

Each time I make meatloaf I dump in different ingredients.  The premise stays the same (egg, some sort of breadcrumb/crushed cereal/oatmeal, seasonings, etc.), but more often than not each loaf has a different flavor.  Tonight I went to Italy.  As we all know I love Italian food.

Mini Italian Meat Loaves
1 lb. ground turkey or beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. Italian style breadcrumbs
1 egg
1/2 c. marinara or spaghetti sauce
1 t. pepper
1 t. salt

Stir together all ingredients until just combined.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray 6 regular sized muffin tins with cooking spray.  Form meat into large balls and place in tins (they will make 6).  Spread additional marinara/spaghetti sauce on top.

Bake for 40 minutes.  Remove from muffin tin and let cool 5 minutes before eating.  This will prevent a burnt tongue and lip (I didn't listen to my own advice).

Oh, and of course serve with baked garlic fries.  That's a given.


So tomorrow is Thursday, which essentially is my Friday (yep, only work 3 days a week!), which always makes the night seem so much better.  Even though I love my job.  I start looking forward to the long weekend - which this weekend includes a trip to the rents, a lunch at Newton's Paradise Cafe with some old friends and co-workers, and a visit to the dentist.  Ugh.

I like everything but that last one.

I know one person in my life who loves the dentist (who I will be seeing this weekend, hopefully).  She's crazy.  Does anyone really love the dentist???


  1. I have made mini loaves like this before and loved them. Just book marked your mix, totally giving it a try! Yum yum yum. I only work 3 days a week too! Its fabulous. Enjoy your weekend

  2. I hate, hate, hate the dentist. I had horrible teeth when I was younger, so I think that has lots to do with it! Enjoy your weekend....I wish tomorrow was my Friday!

  3. Jolene (Everydayfoodie)January 18, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Nope, don't love the dentist. Not at all!

  4. SweetcarolinescookingJanuary 19, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Mini meatloaf loaves! (uh is that the correct way to say that?) Well anyways, genius, Ally! Looks delicious. Jealous that today is your Friday!! Enjoy your weekend. x

  5. Dentist hater here too. I take my kids far more frequently than I take myself! These mini meatloaves sound perfect. Enjoy your weekend!

  6. wow!! bitesized meatloaf- does that excuse me eating 5 of them!?