Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Single-Living Recipe: Mini Meatloaves

Here's a great single-living recipe because you can freeze the leftover mini meatloaves and easily reheat them. This is a recipe I've used with people of all ages and groups of all sizes. Everyone likes it, even the adults!

20 Minute Meatloaves

1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 Tbsp. dehydrated onion flakes or 1/4 c. finely chopped onion
1 large egg
1 or 2 slices of bread torn up into 1 c. of soft crumbs
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. parsley flakes
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Mix meat, salt, pepper, onion, egg and bread crumbs with 1/2 can of tomato sauce. Shape into 8 individual loaves. Place in a shallow rimmed baking pan lined with aluminum foil.

Bake 15 minutes at 450 degrees.

Meanwhile, mix brown sugar, parsley and Worscestershire sauce with remaining 1/2 can of tomato sauce to make a topping.

After 15 minute of baking, drain grease out of pan. (I just move the loaves to another foil-lined pan). Spoon tomato sauce mixture over each meatloaf.

Bake 5 minutes more. Let loaves set a few minutes before serving.
To freeze:
  • Cool leftover loaves, wrap individually and freeze. To reheat, simply thaw and microwave it, or bake it until heated through. Serve with a salad or veggies and you've got a meal!
  • Recipe may be doubled or tripled. Instead of hand-forming the meatloaves, pat the meatloaf mixture into a large baking pan so it's about 2" thick. Separate it into 16-24 loaves with a knife, pancake turner, or dough scraper. Bake as above. Freeze leftovers.
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  1. I'm horrified to realize I've posted a recipe on 9/11. Yet, this is life, and I'm far from perfect too. The world is so different now, we were all touched in some way by 9/11 and I hope, choose to live with goodness and passion, making a difference. And maybe sharing a misplaced meatloaf and some sorry attempt at comfort. Sometimes that's what matters.

  2. Dear Ferree,

    You should not feel badly about posting a recipe on 9/11. You didn't do anything wrong.

    Personally, I am glad you did post something like this. I know yesterday most spent the day in sadness remembering 9/11. I also imagine many were reliving what they had gone through on that day.

    It is such a sad day for everyone and a reminder of how unsafe this world can be.

    For me, I was happy to see your recipe. I found it very comforting to see you giving out a recipe to remind everyone that you still have to eat and take care of yourself..even on sad days. Also.. Meatloaf is a very comforting meal.

    So what you did actually turned out to be a ~~blessing~~

  3. Thank you Swan! You're a blessing. I love your name, by the way.


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