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Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Mini Meatloaf

The original title of this post was mini meatloafs but that sounds weird doesn’t it.  Meatloaf must be one of those words that doesn’t get an s in the plural form.  I’m off the menu planning wagon again.  Probably because I didn’t work this week.  Hopefully I’ll be back on track as of tomorrow night but that means that around 4pm this afternoon I was totally clueless about dinner.  I started with a pound of ground beef and started thinking.  We had Sweedish meatballs last night so anything too similar was out.  I checked the index of a couple of old standard cookbooks for ideas for ground beef and landed on meatloaf in the joy of cooking.  They suggested putting a layer of stuffing between two layers of meat which got me thinking about the leftover mashed potatoes from last night’s dinner.  

I also adopted the addition of a tablespoon of butter to the mix from Joy, used a lot less bread crumbs than I usually do and omitted the egg altogether.  It tasted so very different than what I usually make but good and hearty and satisfying too.  My intention was to stuff the potatoes into the middle but the muffin cups were too small for that so i just topped with the mashed (which I guess technically makes this a shepherd’s or cottage pie) and drew little ketchup faces on cause I thought it was cute and that it might make Chase want to eat it.   

She didn’t eat it.  Well I guess she had a bite and she did express that it looked cute and yummy for whatever that’s worth.  She did eat some spinach salad though so I was sufficiently pleased.  We were out all day at a birthday party next door.  She napped for about an hour between 3:30 and 4:30 and when she woke up she was miserable but I didn’t encourage her to go back to sleep because it was so late.  At any rate, she never eats when she’s really tired so I’m going to serve it to her again.  This is absolutely the type of meal that she likes to eat.  But the real beauty of the individual servings is that they fit perfectly into a small storage container and I’ll be able to pull one out on one of those nights where I just can’t get dinner on the table for all of us in time.  A pound of meat would probably only make 4 whole muffin sized servings but topped with potatoes it made 6 muffin sized servings.    

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