I’ve been teaching my sister, Kim, to cook since she was a little kid.  We’ve both come along way since brownie batter incident of 1986 (in her defense, she was only 2 and I didn’t help her to hold the mixer steady).  She loves to cook and people are always hanging around her house for dinner.  Last night she made “cupcakes” for a friend’s birthday.  He happens to be on a crazy workout regimen and eating fairly low carb.  She was going to make cupcakes that looked like meatloaf, I suggested that she make actual meatloaf and make them look like cupcakes.  Here is the result:


Kim’s Meatloaf “Cupcakes”

Makes 12, could be made mini and passed as an hors d’oeuvre

1 pound 85/15 ground beef
2 eggs, lightly scrambled
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup BBQ sauce or ketchup
1/2 sweet onion, grated. Use a Vidalia, Spanish or Walla Walla
1 teaspoon each of: garlic powder, oregano, thyme
Salt and pepper to taste

“Frosting & Sprinkles”
Mashed potatoes:
1 lb potatoes, peeled and cooked until tender in well salted water- about 15 minutes
4 tablespoons of butter, melted
1/4-1/2 cup buttermilk, sour cream or milk
Salt and pepper

Mash potatoes through a ricer if you have one. Add butter and buttermilk. Mix well to combine. Potatoes shouldn’t be too stiff, you want them to pipe out smoothly. Allow to cool. Can be made a day in advance. Bring to room temperature before piping.

Shredded cheddar cheese
Bacon crumbles
Diced scallions

Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 12 portion muffin tin.

Mix all the meatloaf ingredients together.
Divide into 12 pieces and roll into balls.
Gently press the meat balls into the buttered muffin tin.
Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
Remove meatloaves from the muffin tin and place on a baking sheet.
Turn your oven’s broiler on high.
Using a pastry bag, pipe on mashed potatoes. If you don’t have a pastry bag, you can use a zipper bag with the end snipped off. Alternatively, you can use an ice cream scoop.
Top potatoes with shredded cheddar and put under broiler and allow the cheese to melt over the potatoes.
Sprinkle with scallions and chopped bacon.

Serve hot, with birthday candles as needed!

Kim says “Yummy and unbelievably cute!!!”

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