Sometimes for a change up from the regular meatloaf I like to make mini meat muffins. This last time I changed it up a bit more by leaving out the cheese filling and instead put it on top...
Ready to make your own?
You will need the following items to get started... Ground Beef Onion Bread Crumbs or as in my case Chunks too Grated Cheddar Cheese Eggs Garlic Plus Seasoning
Heat your oven to a toasty warm 350°.
Start off by scrambling your eyes in a bowl with a fork. To that you will toss in your ground beef and seasoning, then set aside to allow the flavor and glue to work some of their magic.
With them set aside you can now chop your onion and grate your cheese. I use Cheddar cheese but I am sure that mozzarella would work really well too, so I leave that decision up to you. For the bread crumbs I usually just take out some frozen bread crusts and break them up as small as I can while they are still in their frozen state. This works for me as it is quick and easy and I keep crusts in the freezer for making french toast so they are handy when I need crumbs as well. Now add in to taste your Garlic Plus Seasoning and you are ready to mix, mix mix.
The end result should look like this:
At this point you can do one of 2 things:
1) Spray your muffin tins with cooking spray and divide your meat evenly between all the cups. Which is my usual way.
2) Take a piece of parchment paper and placing it over one muffin tin use it to mold your meat muffins into shape one at a time and then place them on a baking sheet to cook. Which is the way I chose this time.
The reason I chose number two this time around is because it seems that no matter how I coat my tins with spray or oil I always end up with meat sticking to the cups. It is BIG greasy mess to clean up after dinner and I didn't feel like dealing with that so I decided to change up my method this time for less stress.
Once you have all your meat muffins molded or in place it is time to put them in the oven for 20-30 minutes...the time will depend on your oven and the size of the muffins you created. I advise checking back on them at the 20 minute mark and then keeping a close eye on them during their remaining time.
Just before you take them out of the oven place a bit of your grated cheese on top to melt....MMMMmmmm so Good!
Sauce: Mix 1 part Ketchup to 1/2 part Mustard and mix well. Then add in 1/4 part Brown Sugar. Use to taste on top of each muffin. Once your muffins are ready to come out...plate and ENJOY!