While Winter can bring freezing temperatures and shoveling can be miserable, Winter does bring some of the most cozy meals. Today’s meal is meatloaf, a recipe my mom made often when I was growing up. I of course have put my own spin on the recipe by making mini-meatloaves instead of one large meatloaf because I typically bring them to work and it is easier to have them pre-portioned. And, the cook time is way lower when they are smaller.
Before we get started, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and gather your ingredients.
For the loaf, you will need:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/8 cup milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- onion powder and garlic powder to taste
For the glaze, you will need:
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
I began by adding all of the ingredients for the loaf into my mixing bowl. As I was done with each item, I put the item away. I always clean as I go when cooking because there is nothing worse then feeling accomplished in your cooking endeavors just to turn around and see a big mess. Don’t forget to leave out the ketchup since it will be used for the glaze too.
After mixing the ingredients together, I turned my attention to the glaze and simply added all of the glaze ingredients into a smaller bowl then mixed them together.
Before rolling the loaves, I prepped my cookie sheet by lining the sheet with foil, placing a cooling rack on top, and greasing with a cooking spray to avoid the loaves sticking to the sheet.
Finally, I rolled the meat into six mini-meatloaves and put on a coat of glaze. Save the extra glaze as you will need to re-coat the loaves a few minutes before they are finished cooking. Each loaf is quite small which is perfect for my lunch at work. If you are making this for dinner, I suggest you make at most four loaves from this recipe.
Here’s the finished product! These taste great side with mashed potatoes or baked potatoes and a salad on the side. I hope you enjoy!
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