WHY THIS RECIPE SHINES: SAVORY MEATLOAF MUFFINS
Perfect Portion Control: The individual servings allow you to control portion sizes effortlessly, making it ideal for family meals or gatherings.
Irresistible Flavor Profile: Packed with onions, garlic, herbs, and Worcestershire sauce, these muffins deliver a harmonious blend of savory and tangy flavors that will leave you craving more.
Easy Preparation: With simple ingredients and straightforward steps, this recipe is beginner-friendly and can be whipped up in no time.
Versatile Delight: Serve them as a main course alongside mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables, or enjoy them as a grab-and-go snack or appetizer at your next party.
- Cooking spray or melted butter, for greasing pan
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ cup (80 g) finely chopped onion
- 1 medium clove garlic, finely minced
- 1 ½ pounds (680 g) ground beef chuck
- 1 cup (240 ml) ketchup, divided
- 1/2 cup (55 g) soft fine breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Lightly grease a muffin pan with cooking spray or melted butter.
In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté for about 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and tender. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.
In a small bowl, combine the ground beef, ½ cup of ketchup, breadcrumbs, beaten egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, oregano, and thyme. Mix well. Add the sautéed onions and garlic to the mixture, and blend until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
Evenly distribute the meat mixture into the prepared muffin cups, pressing gently to pack it in. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes.
Remove the muffin pan from the oven and spoon about a tablespoon of the remaining ketchup onto the top of each meatloaf muffin. Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
To ensure the meatloaf muffins are fully cooked, insert a thermometer into the center of one muffin, and it should read at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius). Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly before serving.
For a twist, you can experiment with different toppings such as barbecue sauce or a glaze of your choice.
If you prefer, you can substitute ground beef chuck with a leaner meat option, like ground turkey or chicken, for a healthier alternative.
These meatloaf muffins freeze well, so consider making a double batch and storing them for quick and easy meals later.
In conclusion, our Meatloaf Muffins are a game-changer when it comes to adding a touch of excitement to the classic meatloaf. These individual servings not only offer a visually appealing presentation but also deliver a burst of delicious flavors that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. From the savory onions and garlic to the perfect blend of herbs and spices, every bite is a delightful experience.
Whether you’re looking for a cozy family dinner or a fun party appetizer, these muffins have got you covered. They offer the convenience of portion control, making it easy to serve and enjoy. Plus, with the ability to customize the toppings and experiment with different meats, you can create a variety of options to suit your taste.
The joy of gathering around the table with loved ones, each savoring their own Meatloaf Muffin, is an experience that brings our family so much happiness. We hope that by sharing this recipe with you, it will become a cherished dish in your household as well.
So, why wait? Get your muffin pan ready, gather the ingredients, and embark on a culinary adventure with our Savory Meatloaf Muffins. Indulge in the comforting flavors, create lasting memories, and enjoy the smiles on the faces of your loved ones. Cheers to good food and good times!