Time for dinner! So far, I have given ideas for Valentine’s Day breakfast, lunch, as well as a tasty dessert to enjoy. Now, it is time for a delicious home-style dinner for you and your sweetie. Every home seems to have their own variation of this classic dinner, but as far as a meat and potatoes dinner goes – you can’t beat a good meatloaf!
Mr. C is not a fan of ketchup, so my meatloaf is sans ketchup, but feel free to add whatever topping you enjoy. Following is just one variation of meatloaf that is very tasty, but my feelings won’t be hurt if you decide to use a personal favorite. What makes these mini meatloaves great is baking them in a muffin pan or, as I have done here, in a silicone mold.
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 3 garlic cloves, minced/grated
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon season salt
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Directions: Coat your muffin pan or silicone mold with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Dice the onion very small and mince or grate the garlic. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Divide meat among 12 muffin cups and bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until a thermometer reads 160 degrees. If desired, top each meatloaf ‘muffin’ with ketchup or favorite meatloaf topping. Enjoy!
Here are our cast of characters for these mini meatloaves. This is a very simple recipe for meatloaf and that is why I like it!
My onion was very small, so I used the whole onion to get my half a cup of diced onion.
Dice your onion very fine and you can either mince the garlic or, if you have a microplane, just grate the garlic. I like the grated garlic because it distributes evenly throughout the meat.
Throw all of your ingredients together in a bowl and get your hands dirty! Don’t be afraid to dig in and mix it well.
Make sure the ingredients are completely mixed and distributed evenly.
Divide the meat among 12 muffin cups. As you can see below, the meat shrank a little and pulled away from the sides of the cups. Some of the meatloaf hearts don’t look so adorable, but I wonder whether or not filling the molds a bit more would have helped keep the heart shape. That will be an experiment for another day I suppose!
Bake the mini meatloaves in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees.
Serve these tasty little meatloaves with a heaping pile of creamy mashed potatoes (I can’t help but throw some shredded cheese on my potatoes). Even though they aren’t the best looking hearts they are definitely delicious!