I wanted to share this awesome meat loaf recipe with you as part of the Hunk of Meat Mondays community, because we know at that a Hunk of Meat is way better than Meatless Mondays. I love this recipe because it is easy, the leftovers freeze really well and it uses lean ground beef - an awesome way to load up on protein, iron and zinc while staying healthy.
- 1 cup ketchup
- 3 to 4 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 3 cups Crispix cereal, crushed (a great way to do this is stick in a plastic bag and go over it with a rolling pin or beat with you fist.)
- 3 teaspoons onion powder
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean is what you want.)
In a large bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Remove 1/2 cup for topping - set aside. (If you really like the ketchup topping you might consider making a little extra.)
Add the eggs, Worcestershire sauce, cereal and seasonings to remaining ketchup mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes. Crumble beef over cereal mixture and mix well. I find that using you hands works the best to get it all mixed up. Be careful though not to over work the ground beef, otherwise it doesn't stay stuck together as it cooks.
Press meat mixture into 18 muffin cups - a 1/3 of a cup is the prefect amount. I experimented this time and did some with muffin liners and some without. Definitely recommend the muffin liners and it makes clean up much easier.
Bake at 375° for 20-30 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink. The perfect way to tell this is by using your meat thermometer. Hamburger needs to be cooked to a minimum of a 160 degrees. A second option is to bake for 18-20 minutes then spoon some of the topping on and bake again for another 10 minutes. Again make sure your meat thermometer reads 160 degrees to know that they are done.
Your meal is served. I couldn't believe how moist these mini meat loaves were Throw the leftovers in the freezer and pullout for a quick supper idea or easy lunch to take to work.
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