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Meatloaf Cupcakes with Whipped Potato Topping

Meatloaf Cupcakes with Whipped Potato Topping

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Experience the delightful twist on classic comfort food with Meatloaf Cupcakes topped with Whipped Potato Frosting. This unique recipe combines lean ground beef, sweet yellow onions, breadcrumbs, tomato sauce, and a host of seasonings, all baked into muffin-sized treats and topped with a savory potato frosting.

When it comes to comfort food, my grandma’s meatloaf always had a special place at our family table. However, it wasn’t until a whimsical Sunday afternoon that the idea of turning the traditional meatloaf into something extraordinary struck me. Inspired by a lack of clean baking dishes and a surplus of creativity, I decided to use a muffin pan, and thus the Meatloaf Cupcakes with Whipped Potato Topping were born. These miniature delights not only captivated the hearts of my family but also added a fun twist to our dinner ritual. Now, every bite of these meatloaf cupcakes brings a dash of nostalgia mixed with a pinch of innovation—reminiscent of grandma’s classic flavors but presented in a playful, individual serving.

Why You’ll Love Meatloaf Cupcakes with Whipped Potato Topping

The Meatloaf Cupcakes with Whipped Potato Topping offer several enticing selling points that make them stand out. Firstly, their unique presentation in a muffin form turns an ordinary meatloaf dinner into an exciting and kid-friendly meal. Secondly, the individual portions are perfect for managing serving sizes and are excellent for meal prepping as they freeze exceptionally well. Lastly, the whipped potato topping adds a creamy texture and rich flavor that perfectly complements the savory meat base, elevating this dish from ordinary to extraordinary.

Ingredients Notes

Crafting these Meatloaf Cupcakes with Whipped Potato Topping starts with selecting quality ingredients. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll need and why each component is vital:

  • Lean Ground Beef: The foundation of the cupcakes, providing a robust and hearty flavor.
  • Sweet Yellow Onion & Minced Garlic: These aromatics add depth and sweetness, enhancing the meat’s natural flavors.
  • Breadcrumbs & Eggs: Help bind all the ingredients, ensuring the cupcakes hold their shape.
  • Tomato Sauce & Worcestershire Sauce: Offer moisture and tanginess, while the Worcestershire sauce brings a touch of umami.
  • Seasonings (Parsley, Salt, Pepper, Mustard Seed): These spices and herbs contribute to the complex flavor profile of the meatloaf.
  • Ketchup: Used as a glaze, it adds a sweet and tangy finish that caramelizes beautifully in the oven.

How To Make Meatloaf Cupcakes with Whipped Potato Topping

Let’s break down the process of making Meatloaf Cupcakes with Whipped Potato Topping into manageable steps to ensure your culinary success:

  1. Preparation: Begin by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C) and readying your muffin pan with a nonstick spray. This prep work ensures a smooth baking process and easy release of the meatloaf cupcakes.
  2. Mix the Ingredients: In a large bowl, thoroughly combine the ground beef, onions, breadcrumbs, tomato sauce, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, and mustard seed. Mixing well is crucial for flavor distribution and texture.
  3. Fill the Muffin Pan: Spoon the meat mixture into the muffin cups, filling each to just below the rim. This allows the meatloaf to expand slightly without overflowing.
  4. Add the Glaze: Top each meatloaf muffin with a small spoonful of ketchup before baking. This glaze will enhance flavor and provide a visually appealing finish.
  5. Bake: Place the pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the meatloaf is cooked through and the tops are slightly caramelized.

Storage Options

Meatloaf Cupcakes with Whipped Potato Topping are as practical as they are delicious. After cooling, these cupcakes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days, making them a fantastic option for advance meal prep. For longer storage, freeze them individually on a baking sheet before transferring them to a freezer-safe bag where they can be kept for up to three months. Reheat in the oven or microwave when ready to enjoy.

Variations and Substitutions

This recipe is wonderfully versatile, allowing for various tweaks to suit dietary preferences or pantry availability:

  • Meat Variations: Substitute ground beef with ground turkey, chicken, or a combination for a lighter version.
  • Gluten-Free Options: Replace traditional breadcrumbs with gluten-free breadcrumbs or rolled oats to cater to gluten sensitivities.
  • No Ketchup? No Problem: If you’re out of ketchup, try barbecue sauce or a mix of tomato paste and honey for a similar glaze effect.
  • Adding Veggies: Enhance nutritional value by mixing in finely chopped vegetables like carrots, zucchini, or bell peppers into the meat mixture.

Each substitution not only tailors the cupcakes to your taste but also infuses a personal touch into this home-style classic.

Meatloaf Cupcakes with Whipped Potato Topping

Experience the delightful twist on classic comfort food with Meatloaf Cupcakes topped with Whipped Potato Frosting. This unique recipe combines lean ground beef, sweet yellow onions, breadcrumbs, tomato sauce, and a host of seasonings, all baked into muffin-sized treats and topped with a savory potato frosting.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb approximately 453 grams of lean ground beef
  • ½ cup of finely diced sweet yellow onion
  • ½ cup of plain panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup of plain bread crumbs
  • 1 8- ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 2 large eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of freshly minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of dried parsley flakes
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of ground mustard seed
  • ¼ cup of ketchup reserved for glazing

Instructions

  • Oven Preparation: Commence by preheating your oven to a temperature of 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). Prepare a standard muffin pan by lightly coating it with nonstick spray to facilitate the easy release of the meatloaf cupcakes once baked.
  • Mixing of Ingredients: In a capacious mixing bowl, amalgamate the ground beef, sweet yellow onion, both types of bread crumbs, tomato sauce, beaten eggs, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, parsley flakes, kosher salt, black pepper, and ground mustard seed. Employ a sturdy wooden spoon or gloved hands to ensure thorough integration of all ingredients, achieving a homogeneous mixture.
  • Filling the Muffin Pan: Employing a 3-tablespoon cookie scoop or a similar utensil, distribute the meat mixture evenly into the cavities of the prepared muffin pan. Each cup should be filled to just below the rim to accommodate slight expansion during the baking process.
  • Applying the Glaze: Prior to baking, top each filled muffin cup with a teaspoon of ketchup, spreading it across the surface to create a glaze that will caramelize during baking.
  • Baking: Insert the muffin pan into the preheated oven and bake for a duration of 30 minutes, or until the meatloaf cupcakes are thoroughly cooked and exhibit a rich, golden hue on their surfaces.
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