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Mini BBQ Meat Loaves with Smashed Blue Cheese Potatoes

Yield

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

Ingredients

  • 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

How to Make It

  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°.