Mini BBQ Meat Loaves with Smashed Blue Cheese Potatoes

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Mini BBQ Meat Loaves with Smashed Blue Cheese PotatoesRecipe

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Make a small indentation with your thumb in the center of each meat loaf before baking. This keeps the proteins from shrinking too much, which could result in a dense, dry meat loaf.

Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup mashed potatoes and 2 mini meat loaves)


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1 pound small red potatoes, halved
1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 ounce blue cheese, crumbled
Cooking spray
8 ounces mild turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
8 ounces 90% lean ground sirloin
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup whole-wheat panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup lower-sodium barbecue sauce


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Place potatoes in a medium saucepan filled with water. Bring to a boil; cook 15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return potatoes to pan. Add buttermilk, salt, and cheese; mash with a potato masher to desired consistency. Keep warm.

3. Coat 8 muffin cups with cooking spray. Combine sausage, sirloin, carrot, green onions, panko, black pepper, and egg in a large bowl, stirring just until combined. Divide sausage mixture evenly among prepared cups. Make a (1/2-inch-deep) indentation in the center of each meat loaf. Top each meat loaf with about 2 teaspoons barbecue sauce. Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the center registers 160°.

Created date

October 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 378
Fat 14.2 g
Satfat 5.3 g
Monofat 5 g
Polyfat 2 g
Protein 29 g
Carbohydrate 33 g
Fiber 3 g
Cholesterol 132 mg
Iron 3 mg
Sodium 694 mg
Calcium 104 mg