Meat Loaf Muffins


A ho-hum weeknight recipe turns into a cute dinner display when you top mini meatloaves with a sweet cranberry-tomato sauce, creamy mashed potatoes and melty cheese.

Meat Loaf Muffins
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins


  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • ½ cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs

  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh mushrooms

  • ½ cup shredded carrot (1 medium)

  • cup chopped onion (1 small)

  • 3 tablespoon ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 pound lean ground beef

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • ¼ cup whole cranberry sauce

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 24 ounce package refrigerated sour cream and chive mashed potatoes

  • ½ cup shredded cheddar or Parmesan cheese (2 ounces)

  • Snipped fresh chives (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl stir together eggs, bread crumbs, mushrooms, carrot, onion, the 3 tablespoons ketchup, the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic. Add ground beef; mix well.

  2. Lightly press about 1/3 cup of the meat mixture into each of twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups. Place muffin pan on a large baking sheet. In a small bowl stir together the 1/2 cup ketchup, the cranberry sauce, and chili powder. Top each meat portion with 1 tablespoon of the ketchup mixture.

  3. Bake, uncovered, about 40 minutes or until internal temperature registers 160°F on an instant-read thermometer.

  4. Meanwhile, heat potatoes according to package directions. Using a 1/4-cup ice cream scoop, top each muffin with potatoes. Sprinkle potatoes evenly with cheese. Return to oven and bake, uncovered, about 5 minutes more or until cheese melts.

  5. Let the muffins stand in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer muffins to a serving platter. If desired, sprinkle tops with snipped fresh chives.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

310 Calories
18g Fat
18g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 310
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 603mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 4.1mg 21%
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 2.3mg 13%
Potassium 356mg 8%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 20.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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