August 16, 2010 by The Perfectly Imperfect One
This is an amazing dish. While watching 24 Hour Restaurant Battle on the food network, one of the teams made these little meatloaf muffins topped with mashed potatoes. We decided they looked great. So when we were at the grocery store, we were trying to decide what to make for dinner, and T.J. suggested I make these…good idea babe 🙂
Since my meatloaf is one of the greatest dinners ever made, I thought this would be the perfect dish. So here is the recipe and some pictures. If you make these let me know how yours turn out 🙂
1 pound ground beef (either regular or lean is fine)
12 saltine crackers
BBQ Sauce (I used Famous Dave’s Sweet and Zesty)
One can tomato sauce (I used a small can of Hunt’s, it was perfect)
Mashed potatoes (I used instant, but you can make your own fresh)
You will also need a muffin pan and some PAM or grease spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place beef in a bowl, add the egg, seasoning, and crumbed crackers, mix and moosh all together like normal meatloaf. When I added the BBQ sauce, which I have never added to my meatloaf before, I just dumped some in, maybe about 1/2 a cup or so. As for the seasonings, I just added a dash here and there until I thought it was good.
Once thoroughly mixed together, spray muffin pans with the PAM. Separate the meat into little balls to fit in the individual muffin cups. Don’t press into cups, but do lightly flatten the tops a bit. Once all your meat is gone (I filled 8 muffin cups) top with tomato sauce using a spoon to dollup the sauce on each meat muffin. Bake in over for 30-40 minutes (mine only took 30 minutes).
Depending on if you make instant potatoes or real potatoes, you will begin making them depending on cooking time. Since I did instant, I began making them when I had about 10 minutes left of my meat muffins. Once the meat muffins are done, top them with mashed potatoes. I added some cheese to some of mine but you don’t have to. (Since I added cheese I baked them for a few more minutes to melt the cheese).
I used the extra mashed potatoes as a side and I made some peas to go along with it. It turned out very well and nice and tasty.