Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Diner Meat loaf "muffins"

Tonight's dinner comprises of diner meatloaf, stirfry celery & carrot and rice. These mini meatloaf "muffins" are baked individually in the muffin pans as contrast to the traditional loaf pan. Because of the bigger surface area, they take only 25 min to cook, which is a time saver.

These mini meatloaves are cute, and good for gauging individual serving. OCT seems to like it a lot. Normally when he doesn't like a dish, he will just eat without any comment. Even when being asked, he will just said "it's ok". However, this time, this diner meatloaves really scored well with him. He even said "thank you". He must be really pleased. Here's the recipe:

Diner Meatloaf "Muffins"

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup ketchup, divided
1 1/2 pounds ground beef, extra lean (raw)
1 cup finely crushed fat-free saltine crackers (about 20)
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°.
Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, chopped carrot, dried oregano, and minced garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Cool.

Combine onion mixture, 1/2 cup ketchup, and the remaining ingredients except cooking spray in a large bowl.

Spoon the meat mixture into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Top each with 2 teaspoons ketchup. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Yield 16 muffins.


Sarah said...

It's funny how OCT and CY have the same reaction. CY too used to say "Wahhh, very delicious" with a wide smile during our 1st year. Now he will just eat quietly without any comment, unless I cook something more delicious each time (no turning back). I should standby some cooking for a while or he will takes things for granted....

novice baker said...

Hi Sarah,
Absolutely agree with that strategy!

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