What’s for dinner this week?

 Posted by at 1:00 pm on April 4, 2011
Apr 042011
 

I am certain I have lost my mind. Officially. Undeniably. Certifiably.

This week, I am showing you how to make a savory dinnertime cupcake. A meatloaf cupcake to be specific. Topped with your choice of mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, sprinkle of cheddar cheese, chives, drizzled with ketchup (my kids personal recommendation) or garnished with caramalized onions.

The rest of the menu is kid themed. Things my kids would choose any day of the week. All 6 hands raised in agreement. Sometimes having the kids agree is a good thing.

This week, you will be the rockstar- the hero in the kitchen. And hopefully, after all you have done, you won’t be the one doing the dishes. They will- as a way of thanking you for your hard work, self sacrifice, and time (little do they know it’s all easy as pie, or shall we say cupcake?)

Happy Dinnertime! Happy Baking!

P.S. A special thanks to my friend Kale for spending the afternoon cooking with me. We will have to do it again soon!

1- Meatloaf Cupcakes, coleslaw
2- Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese, Roasted Broccoli
3- Baked Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard sauce
4- Spaghetti & Meatballs with Green Beans
5- Baked Spaghetti with Green Salad (use leftover noodles from the other night.)
6- Authentic Mini Pizzas
7- White Chicken Chili with Cornbread Muffins

Meatloaf Cupcakes makes 24 cupcake sized meatloafs

1 lb. lean gound beef
1 lb. lean ground turkey
1/2 cup finely diced onion
4 slices white bread, broken into small pieces
1/4 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste
2 eggs
1/2 cup ketchup

Soak bread crumbs in milk in a large bowl for 5 minutes.


Add meat, turkey, onion, eggs, ketchup and seasonings.


Mix with your hands until well combined, but do not over mix.


Butter your muffin pans, and using a large scoop, place a heaping round of meatloaf mixture. Repeat until all are filled.


Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes, draining juices off 1/2 way thru baking time if needed.


Top with mashed potatoes, or mashed sweet potatoes.


Much like how I top my cupcakes, I used a plastic freezer bag and filled it with the warm mashed potatoes and look! It’s like frosting! I prefered the caramalized onions and sweet potatoes. Sweet and savory…. Yummy!


Other toppings:
Grated cheese
Green onions
BBQ sauce
Be creative- the sky is the limit!

Notice I practically licked my plate clean. Super good.

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