With the advent of cooler weather cooking goes back into the kitchen.
It’s not cool enough to light a fire but it is cool enough to turn the oven on.
And as long as the oven is on, I make V’s favorite: Meat Loaf.
I think he would be happy if I made it just for him, skipping dinner and letting him have the whole thing for cold sandwiches.
If I’m running late (as so often happens) I make little ones.
These mini loaves have great meat loaf taste in a small package.
You can cut this recipe in half (except for the egg) or make it in one large loaf (bake for 60
You can also make them ahead and freeze. To bake from freezer, unwrap and bake for 45 – 55 minutes.
You could use ground turkey or any combination of beef, pork, turkey or chicken.
Mini Meat Loaves
Preparation and cooking time: 45 minutes
- 1 lb. ground beef (mince), 450gr, 15.9oz
- 1 egg, 65gr, 2.3oz
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 54gr, 1.9oz
- 1/3 cup milk, 80gr, 2.8oz
- 1/4 cup ketchup, 60gr, 2.1oz
- 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce, 17gr, .59oz
- 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard, 15gr, .53oz
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbs dried onion flakes, 10gr, .35oz
- 8oz (250ml) tomato sauce, 225gr, 8oz
- In large bowl lightly beat egg.
- Add all of the rest of the ingredients except beef and tomato sauce and mix well.
- Add beef and mix well – best to use your hand, kneading it like bread dough.
- Shape into 4 loaves and put into a large 9 X 13 baking pan, spacing evenly.
- Bake at 400F (200C) for 20 minutes.
- Remove and pour tomato sauce evenly over all 4 loaves.
- Bake 15 minutes longer or until done. Remove.
- Slice and serve 2; save 2.
| Nutrition Information
Recipe serves 4
Entire Recipe / per serving
Calories: 1539 / 384
Total Carbohydrates: 95 / 24
Dietary Fiber: 11 / 3
Total Fat: 80 / 20
Saturated Fat: 30 / 7.5
Cholesterol: 587 / 147
Protein: 100 / 25
Calcium: 418 / 104.5
Sodium: 3787 / 947
General Technical Details and Disclaimer:
If there are no values the nutritional numbers were simply too small.
I try to be accurate, but I do not guarantee it. I use ‘grams’ as the unit of weight; with an approximate conversion to ounces.
My information comes from my own digital, computerized scale and the USDA Nutrient Data Library: http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/