Meatloaf Muffins are a delicious and easy-to-make dinner recipe. Preparing these savory treats requires minimal effort, so you can whip them up in no time! For starters, gather all the necessary ingredients into one bowl and mix them little by little as you go.
Once everything is blended together well, spoon the mixture into each muffin tin equally and then bake for about 20 minutes. When finished, these meatloaf muffins will be hot and juicy, providing a tasty dinner for the whole family. Not only that, but each person can customize their individual muffin with different toppings such as cheese or herbs creating the perfect meal for everyone’s taste buds!
What makes the Meatloaf Muffins so good?
Meatloaf Muffins are a creative twist on an old favorite. The recipe is surprisingly simple, and it’s ideal for weeknight dinners that need to be quick and low-maintenance. Storing the muffin mix in advance makes preparation easy because all you have to do is top each muffin with the pre-made mix, pop them in the oven and they’ll be done in no time. It’s also a great way to get kids involved since they can help measure out ingredients and even shape the muffins as well. Plus, everyone will enjoy eating these delicious little meatloaves, making them an all-around win!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25-30 minutes
Makes 12 muffins
Ingredients needed to make Meatloaf Muffins
- Non-stick cooking spray
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1½ lbs. ground beef (80%)
¼ c. yellow onion, finely chopped
1 large celery stalk, finely chopped
3 large eggs
2 T. coconut flour*
½ t. garlic powder
½ t. onion powder
- 1 T. tomato paste
2 t. Italian seasoning
1 T. fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
½ t. smoked paprika
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- ¾ c. Colby Jack cheese, shredded
Instructions for making Meatloaf Muffins
- Preheat oven to 375°F and spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, thoroughly combine all ingredients together with your hands, except for the shredded cheese.
- Divide beef mixture into 12 equal-sized portions and place into the prepared muffin tin openings. Place in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through.
- Remove from the oven and carefully drain excess moisture off the top of each muffin by gently tipping the tray over your sink. Wipe excess liquid off the top of the muffin tin and top each muffin with the shredded cheese.
- Return to oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and starts to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for several minutes before removing muffins from tin. Serve immediately or freeze for later use. Enjoy!
Variations on the Meatloaf Muffins Recipe
Making variations to the classic Meatloaf Muffin recipe is a great way to upgrade your dinner and make it special. Depending on what ingredients are available, you could replace the beef with some other ground meats such as turkey or pork, and even add some vegetables for added texture and flavor. You could also add spices such as cumin, oregano, paprika or chili powder to give them an extra kick. Top them off with a thin layer of cheese before baking them in the oven, and you will have created a unique spin on this classic dinner favorite!
Storing your Meatloaf Muffins in the fridge can be a great way to ensure leftovers don't go to waste. Not only is it easy to reheat, but you can also enjoy them any night of the week. When saved properly, these menu staples can last four days in the refrigerator. To promote storage success, use storage containers tight-fitting lids so air doesn’t get in and out easily. Additionally, try to include what you need for dinner when making the original batch of Meatloaf Muffins -- this will help prevent over-making and ensure that storage isn't necessary for extra food. Enjoy tasting a freshly made dish every single time!
When making the Meatloaf Muffins recipe for dinner, there are several top tips to remember. Preparing all of the ingredients in advance makes it easy to assemble the muffins quickly and efficiently. Additionally, using freshly ground beef will result in higher-quality meatloaf muffins that have more flavor. It's important to watch the cook-time closely; while overcooked meatloaf is a common problem, cooking them too quickly can result in an unpleasant texture. Finally, allow time for cooling before serving so that the muffin holds its shape and appears presentable when served at dinner. Following these top tips and enjoying the final product will make this Meatloaf Muffin recipe a success!
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