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Meatloaf Cupcakes

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Inspired by a visit to a meatloaf cupcake store in Chicago.

Meatloaf Cupcakes

1 lb.  ground beef (I used 90/10 grass-fed Black Earth beef)

About 4 or 5 slices of whole wheat bread (2 slices of leftover toast from a restaurant + 2-3 slices of leftover dried-up bread from the back of the fridge)

1.5 onions, chopped

1 cup carrots, chopped (I used baby carrots, so I’m not sure on the exact quantity)

About 4 ribs celery, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

About 1/2 cup pine nuts

2 eggs



Soy sauce

Dried sage

Dried thyme

Fresh parsley

1/4 cup ketchup

For the frosting:

Instant mashed potatoes





Green onions

Saute the vegetables and pine nuts in some grapeseed oil in a skillet until cooked through and beginning to brown.

In the meantime, process the bread to crumbs in a food processor.

Mix the cooked veggie/pine nut mixture, raw meat, eggs, and seasonings together in a large bowl.

Fill muffin cups with the mixture (the silicone muffin cup liners worked best, then the paper ones; the ones made directly in the greased tin tended to disintegrate).

Make the mashed potatoes for the frosting, keeping them on the somewhat thick side.

Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika and chopped green onions.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 mins or until thermometer inserted into the middle of the cupcakes reads 185 degrees.

If desired, broil a bit until the mashed potatoes get crusty.


I also made cornbread stuffing from the leftover cornbread muffins (cut into cubes, moisten, mix with tomatoes, onions, basil, sage, and cook in cast-iron skillet) but haven’t tried it yet.


Written by orata

July 16, 2009 at 12:25 am

Posted in recipes