Diner Meat Loaf 'Muffins'

  • mccally Posted: 07/06/09
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    I was looking for the perfect recipe for good warm comfort food and this was it! I actually made them into mini meatloaves on a cookie sheet because I couldn't find my muffin tin, and it worked just as well. I didn't make any modifications except for that, and it was just sooo good. I would make this often - it was delicious and easy and cooked more quickly than normal meatloaf because of the size.

  • cherryhill19 Posted: 12/01/09
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    I don't really care for meatloaf, but I thought this tasted good. My husband, who loves meatloaf, really likes this, so win-win! I like that you can make it ahead, freeze it, share it (I give half the recipe to my mother-in-law). I always have some in my freezer. I wait for the meat to go on sale. Sometimes I make 18 instead of 12

  • LaraRR Posted: 04/13/10
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    I prepped this the night before and then popped them in the oven when I got home from work - worked out well. Very moist. My 6 year old asked for seconds and then asked if he could also take one to lunch so it was a hit. My husband said they were fine but preferred my other meatloaf recipe. I will probably make again since they were so easy to pop in.

  • JulieDean Posted: 01/21/11
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    I made this recipe exactly as written, except I used bottled chili sauce instead of ketchup to give it some extra zing. The muffins were moist and flavorful, and didn't fall apart at all when I scooped them out of the tin. I served the muffins with a vegetable rice dish, which was a nice complement. I'll definitely be making this recipe again.

  • Smitchell Posted: 11/10/08
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    We love this recipe... it is so easy and very tasty. My on;y suggestion is to wait to put the ketchup up until about 15 minutes before it is finished cooking. All of the meats fat sort of works its way up and needs to be drained off, then put the ketchup on and put it back in the oven for a little bit.

  • Flits21 Posted: 01/17/10
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    These were good but nothing special, & certainly not something I'd serve guests. I used 3/4 of everything, but just one egg, a tad more panko, and a tad less catchup on top. I thought the carrots made them too sweet, esp. with all the ketchup. I made 6 in a large muffin pan (6/pan). And cooked for about 35 minutes. Served with sweet potato and sauteed mushrooms and spinach. I like Epicurious' Buffalo Meatloaf with Cremini Mushrooms far better (use xlean beef if you like.)

  • lizzi452 Posted: 11/18/10
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    Good basic recipe and ridiculously easy to make. I admit I used regular ground beef (80% fat) and that was a mistake: the grease just pooled inside the muffin cups. I had to drain them, then bake on a rack to drain a little fat off. Still, the flavor was good (could use more mustard and Worcestershire) and I'm eager to try again with ground turkey. I will also skip the muffin pan and make little mounds on a baking sheet instead because I love the crust that forms on the outside.

  • GraceQ Posted: 01/15/10
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    This is my favorite meatloaf recipe. The muffin idea is genius and even my non-meatloaf-fan fiance loves the meatloaf. So moist, and much more convenient to reheat as muffins rather than a whole pan. I love it with plain white rice and a lot of ketchup with a dash of hot sauce :)

  • HoneyB Posted: 07/06/09
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    We really enjoyed this! I used ground venison and made it as a regular meatloaf instead of minis. Turned out moist and flavorful!

  • 4vryoung Posted: 01/23/09
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    My husband and I LOVED this dish. Great for anytime, anybody - leftovers freeze well. I followed the recipe exactly with exception of adding a bit more ketchup to the tops of the mini's only because I've always liked more ketchup on top of meatloaf. We served it with the Easy Corn Casserole. Will make again, and again, and again....

  • mirandam4 Posted: 10/14/10
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    Very good recipe. This was actually the first time I have ever made meatloaf, and I was surprised! I love how moist it turned out. And I absolutely LOVE the idea of individual "muffins" ... I froze my leftovers so I can have a quick meal in minutes. I substituted quick oats for the saltines as some reviewers noted. Couldn't even tell the difference. Next time I think I'll try something other than ketchup as the topping, just to play with the flavors a bit. Will definitely be making again.

  • amhartman Posted: 01/05/09
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    This is a great recipe. It was quick, easy and tasty! I liked to portion control aspect of the recipe. I am going to keep these in mind for the next shower or party, I think they would be a hit!

  • eatingood Posted: 09/30/10
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    Well...I may just not be a meatloaf person. Hubby - who does like meatloaf, told me it was good - but you could tell its a healthy meatloaf. He enjoyed the texture - but not so much the taste. The kids weren't digging it either. Oh well - it was neat to try!

  • kindred1 Posted: 04/16/09
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    Sooo good!! Wonderful dish! I used Italian bread crumbs instead of the crackers. I also added sauted bell peppers to the mix, and left the ketchup off the TOP of the muffins. Before serving I added a chunky tomato sauce. Also, great to freeze! Will make again.

  • QuincyDad Posted: 08/04/09
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    This is a great recipe we make about 1-2 times per month. I use ground turkey and substitute 1-C Quick Oats in place of the saltines (adds fiber and reduces sodium). I grate the carrots fine in a box grater. We have mini loaf pans that I use instead of the muffin pans. we always serve with mashed potatoes / gravy and corn.

  • Tim964 Posted: 02/23/09
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    Great recipe that bakes up quickly. My carrots were a little hard, but I now know to cook them a little longer. Since I'm using the food processor out to crush up the crackers, I might even process the carrots next time. Smaller pieces would cook up quicker! This goes in the regular recipe rotation.

  • elram94 Posted: 02/24/10
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    I used 4% lean ground beef and they were not dry at all. My family said they tasted like they were ordered from a restaurant. I would definitely make it again. I served it with mashed potatoes and mixed peas and carrots. Yum!

  • Teagal Posted: 01/04/10
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    I've made this recipe twice as written. It's a good meatloaf recipe, but a little plain. I've decided I probably won't make again because I've had better meatloaf. I do, however, love the muffin tin idea. It's a fun way to serve to children or if you have people in your family that always want the crusty edges of the loaf.

  • kathympie Posted: 08/17/09
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    These were really good. I loved that they cook so much quicker than a meatloaf. Also, they were easier to share and store as leftovers! The flavor was good and these were moist. I did not have carrots so I left those out. I did add some parmesan cheese since a friend of mine claims, it's the secret ingredient to any good meatloaf. :) This is my first real attempt at meatloaf and I will make these again. My bf, who is a meatloaf guy, loved these.

  • spanzarella Posted: 01/22/10
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    Thought this was great! My picky 3-year old ate it and the hubby liked it too. I love the individual portions for freezing. Like others I substituted quick oats for crackers. This is going into the rotation.

  • Michelelea Posted: 04/29/10
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    I live in North Africa and wanted to make meat loaf for some of the university students I teach here so they could have an American meal. I chose this recipe because it was healthier and because I could get all the ingredients here. The muffins turned out great. It is the first time I have served food to North Africans that they have completely finished. Not even any crumbs left. Plus, I doubled the recipe and popped the extras in the freezer for later.

  • AngelaRiggs61 Posted: 06/26/09
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    I made this recipe tonight for my Nephew that is visiting. We both loved it. He asked me to share it with my sister. I highly recommend the recipe and will make it again and again.

  • aggiewife Posted: 11/08/10
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    a favorite in our house. I have 4 kids that inhale these each time I make them. Best thing I make ahead and keep them in the fridge until ready to cook!

  • Jesswi Posted: 08/31/09
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    I love these meatloaf "muffins" They turned out great!

  • keliza22 Posted: 10/13/09
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    This was a great, simple recipe. I served with mashed potatoes, corn and biscuits. I did mix a little brown sugar with the ketchup to top the muffins, gave it a hint of sweetness and was great! Other than that modification, I followed the recipe exactly. Will make again!

  • jeanetteb52 Posted: 11/04/09
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    My kids actually ate meatloaf!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes! We will make this again

  • kristyfinley Posted: 10/03/09
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    These were a hit! I served it with rosemary roasted potatoes and green beans with almond slivers. My favorite meatloaf recipe to date!

  • kimlunte Posted: 02/19/10
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    I will definitely make this again.

  • hollowleg Posted: 11/14/09
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    Easy, Fast, Delicious. The small pieces are SO cute and much more appealing than standard meatloaf. This is great for everyday OR special occ. Made some changes the 2nd time around but the orig. is perfect. I added 2 tbsp of mustard, 1 package of dry. veggie soup mix and used stuffing mix instead of Saltines. YUMMIE!

  • momtocoppertops Posted: 02/14/11
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    These were great. Made these for our special Valentine's dinner. I only had 1 lb burger and was afraid that would change the consistency and they wouldn't turn out. They were still great. Instead of placing into the muffin cups, I shaped them into hearts and baked them on a broiling pan. I searved with mashed red potatoes and grilled asparagus. It was great. The combination of the oregano, onions and carrots with the mustard and ketchup . . . a definite addition we will be adding to our recipe box.

  • dmullen Posted: 12/08/09
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    Super easy. Carrots actually add more flavor than you would expect. Two 'muffins' are a good serving size.

  • foodiegrl1972 Posted: 03/07/10
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    i made these mini meatloaf muffins for sunday dinner, i was iffy about the saltine crackers...but i did this to what the recipe said and when they were done...it was mosit and super yummy! i could not even taste they had carots in there i used fresh chopped oregano instead of the dried...i will be making this again!

  • ahmrtz Posted: 02/08/11
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    These are delicious! Great flavor and so easy to make. Will definitely be making these again. Served with mashed red potatoes and green beans.

  • LeeHend222 Posted: 01/07/11
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    Switched out the beef for ground turkey....It was great...my whole family loved it...made mini muffins for my grandson and he ate 7 of them.

  • tczerwinski Posted: 06/09/10
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    Great dish! Meatloaf made easy -- and tasty. This will definitely be part of our dinner rotation!

  • ykern23 Posted: 01/26/11
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    By far, my favorite recipe from this site so far! My muffin cups were a lot bigger than I'd realized so I ended up making 6 extra large muffins and just doubling the cooking time. Came out great! Moist and flavorful. Just perfect. I love how it looks and that they are automatically single servings, so you know exactly how many to have! A great base recipe as well. Endless possibilities to mix it up.

  • tessa8631 Posted: 04/13/10
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    I used ground turkey and Italian breadcrumbs and it turned out great. I also didn't have a muffin pan so I just made twelve meatloaf balls on a cookie sheet and they were still delicious!

  • foxegurl266 Posted: 01/19/11
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    Very quick and easy to make with very little to clean up. Had great flavor.

  • LillianJulia Posted: 10/04/10
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    I was bowled over by this recipe! I didn't have worseteshire but it certainly wasn't missed. It was easy, delicious and fun! I will definitely make it again. I bet it would be good for families. I served it with frozen green beans and simple roasted potatoes.

  • SusanCinNC Posted: 07/05/11
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    These are SO delicious! I make them with 99% fat free turkey breast instead of beef and they are really good. The great thing about the muffin tin is that each meat loaf is perfectly, evenly cooked. My husband loves them! I highly recommend them!

  • monkeymom4 Posted: 09/26/11
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    PHENOMENAL! We used lean turkey meat. My kids and husband loved this!

  • Anna1000 Posted: 08/09/11
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    Delicious. I make this once every two weeks. Couple of suggestions: For the last 5-10 minutes of baking them, crank up the heat to 400. It'll make them crispy on the edges mmm mmm. For the ketchup topping- add 2 tbsp of brown sugar and a dash of Worcestershire sauce.

  • amyrwc Posted: 09/14/11
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    I have made these many times, and we love them. I add one envelope of Lipton onion soup but keep everything else the same. It works best with leaner beef. Today I ground my own combination of brisket and chuck (following the Cooking light recipe for brisket burgers for grinding the meat) and my family said it was even better.

  • catbaer323 Posted: 10/07/11
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    A HUGE hit with the whole family -- husband and kids loved them! Accidentally added a whole cup of ketchup to the meat mixture and they were still great. Very moist and flavorful. Definitely making these again....

  • happymomintx Posted: 10/10/11
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    I made these last night and they were delicious! Super moist and very easy to make. I used salsa instead of ketchup in the meat/vegetable mixture; but I did use ketchup on the top. My family loved it and I will definitely make this again.

  • janemoore Posted: 10/25/11
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    This was quick and easy, used turkey rather than beef. Cheaper and less fat. Had most ingredients on hand. Everybody thought it was great.

  • abrabeth Posted: 01/04/12
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    Great flavor, super easy to make but it had a really unpleasant mushy texture. Won't be making this again, especially after the tantrums from my 6 year old.

  • peirrac Posted: 01/10/12
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    Enjoyed this meatloaf recipe. I look and look for a good meatloaf recipe. I don't have to look anymore.

  • NAKimball Posted: 12/17/11
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    These were great and easy to make. I will save the leftovers and put them in the freezer for a night when I don't feel like cooking.

  • LouisePearl Posted: 01/11/12
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    I love meatloaf! The only problem is that it takes too long to cook on a busy week night, and this recipe solves that problem! It makes a great meal quickly, and now I have leftovers too. I'll definitely make this again.

  • Jayzette Posted: 02/02/12
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    These turned out very tasty! I will make again and my 3yr old even ate them.....Will be added to the dinner list....Plus they were very quick and to the table in an hour! A bonus for working and cooking moms!

  • kimmy18ktravel Posted: 02/07/12
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    Hi there, I just tried it tonight and my hubby and I loved it. He ate four and I ate two. But It was a hit in our house. I didn't have the worchester sauce so i substituted with soy sauce lol and the prepared mustered for regular mustard. But it was still amazing. So its defiantly worth a try. :)

  • ukcat98 Posted: 02/10/12
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    Wonderful, easy recipe and best of all my 7 year old loves them!! An easy way to get veggies in him! Sometimes we will substitute bbq sauce for ketchup.

  • CookingLady Posted: 10/09/12
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    Comfort food! When I use 96% lean ground beef, there is no fat in the muffin cups like when I used 93%. Also, I substituted 8 oz can of tomato sauce for the ketchup. Much less sweet. Lastly, I substituted 1 cup quick oats for the saltines because that is what I had on hand. Yummy!

  • Rebuild Posted: 11/28/12
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    I loved this recipe, it was very moist and flavorful. The fact they're single size is a plus too!

  • thornious Posted: 03/20/12
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    Great and very easy to make. I am not a meat loaf lover by any means and I really liked these. The only change I made was adding some sweet BBQ sauce to the tops instead of the ketchup. It really made them pop.

  • ering23 Posted: 09/30/12
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    I like this recipe and my husband prefers it even over "him Mom's". It is fun in the muffin size and taste delicious.

  • ChefAmandaLynn Posted: 03/20/13
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    Used ground bison in place of beef and matzo crackers instead of saltines. I also used the new Pampered Chef single serving pan instead of a muffin tin. Read full review at http://www.dishoverdinner.com/2013/03/how-i-really-cook-with-toddler-in.html

  • libtechgirl Posted: 12/20/12
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    One of my favorite Cooking Light recipes. I use ground 93/7 turkey, and I only use one egg...they still turn out moist!

  • crysmys Posted: 04/06/12
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    Like the automatic built-in portion control, but the recipe itself needs some work. Not horrible, just not great.. there are better meatloaf recipes out there... and I'd bet they'd work in the muffin tins too.

  • sharonfrommi Posted: 09/10/13
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    I made these for a big family dinner at my mom's house and was surprised how well received they were even from the picky eaters. My teenage nephews ate 3 each and one of them even told his mom she should make them. I substituted oatmeal for the saltines to make them gluten free. Also shredded the carrots and added extra garlic. If I was making for just myself & my husband I would have added some spice like chipotle peppers or adobo sauce, but, for a crowd of picky eaters they went over well.

  • daneanp Posted: 11/05/13
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    I make these fairly regularly. I do like to change the seasoning around a bit and increase the garlic and spice a little. It would also be easy to incorporate other veggies such as mushrooms, peppers, or squash if you wanted to eschew the traditional 'meatloaf' taste.

  • Horseperson Posted: 10/26/13
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    Great recipe! Moist, slightly sweet, easy and good. I used homemade barbecue sauce instead of ketchup for a kick. Stuffed the end of summer peppers for winter meals and used the leftovers for meatball subs.

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