The Meatloaf Muffin Debacle

Let’s just say that I have a bit of a hard time sticking 100% to a recipe (as was evident with the Shepherd’s Pie Soup). So, when I saw this great idea for Meatloaf Muffins, I loved the idea of making mini-meatloafs, but I just had to go off on my own and use my own meatloaf recipe, which, isn’t really an exact recipe. It’s more like a willy-nilly mixture of ground beef, rice, corn and, onion mixed all together and seasoned with garlic, salt and pepper, and Worcestershire sauce, then shoved into a bread pan and cooked at 350 till it’s done.

Unfortunately, this time I was in a rush and forgot to mix in the Worcestershire before placing the mixture in the pans. Instead I tried to put it on the top of them… Don’t do that. It ran off the muffin pan into the bottom of my oven and created a smoke cloud that filled the house, which really kind of killed the ambiance for dinner. I ended up getting creative and putting both muffin pans on the grill to finish cooking and we ate outside on the patio while a couple of fans emptied the house of all the smoke. What can I say? When I set out on culinary adventures, they tend to become very adventurous! Luckily, though it was certainly an unconventional method, it worked, and they turned out wonderful!

Rachael Ray’s “Meatloaf Muffins

Total Time: 30 min
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 20 min
Yield: 6 servings
Level: Easy 

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 to 1 3/4 pounds ground sirloin
  • 1 medium onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 ribs celery from the heart of the stalk, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 large egg plus a splash of milk, beaten
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grill seasoning (recommended: Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick)
  • 1 cup smoky barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup tomato salsa
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Vegetable oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • Micro-way-cool Bacon and Green Beans, recipe follows
  • Smashed potatoes and cream cheese, recipe follows

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Put ground beef into a big bowl. Put onion and celery into a food processor. Cut the bell pepper in half, rip out the seeds and throw them into your garbage bowl. Cut the pepper into a few pieces and add to the food processor. Pulse the processor blades to finely chop the vegetables into very small pieces then add them to the meat bowl. Add egg, beaten with milk, bread crumbs and grill seasoning to the bowl. Next, mix together the smoky barbecue sauce, the salsa and the Worcestershire sauce. Pour half the sauce mixture into the bowl with the meatloaf mix. Mix the meatloaf together with your hands. Wash up. Brush a 12-muffin tin (1/2-cup each) with vegetable oil or extra-virgin olive oil. Use an ice cream scoop to help you fill meat into a each tin. Top each meat loaf with a spoonful of extra sauce. Bake about 20 minutes. Cut open 1 muffin to test that the middle is cooked through. While meatloaf muffins bake, make green beans in the microwave. Serve meatloaf with Smashed Potatoes and Cream Cheese on the side, too.”

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