Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pinterest In Real Life v.2

Since i'm on a pinterest in real life [volume 1 here] roll and all...
I figured i'd share another pin i've actually completed in real life! 
It's no wonder that i chose to do a recipe considering that my It Tastes Good board has the most pins...what? i like food okay. 
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Insert, Mini Meatloafs, recipe found here originally
I understand that i might be getting some gags or eye rolls, but hey i like meatloaf and so does my brother. It just...tastes delicious, like burgers but juicer and full of goodness. 
After completing this recipe (i.e. washed my hands of mixing the meat and not feeling like getting them nasty again) i realized the recipe didn't call for any ketchup. So next time i make these i will be adding some ketchup. 
Here is what you will need: 
1 lb. ground beef 
1 c. Water 
1 (6oz.) pkg. Stove Top Stuffing Mix 
2 T. A-1 sauce (optional)
1 tsp. garlic powder 
Favorite BBQ sauce 
Shredded cheddar cheese 
[I also added a few shakes of the McCormick's meat loaf seasoning mix]
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Personally, i couldn't find a 6oz package of stove top stuffing mix and i also didn't know if there was any "plain" stuff mix out there; i know i'm ignorant when it comes to cooking, BUT i'm learning. So there i was chilling in Harris Teeter staring down stuffing mixes attempting to make a decision, obviously i did...but it wasn't easy my friends, it wasn't easy. In light of my stuffing challenges i forgot to pick up A-1 sauce, whomp whomp, so i didn't have any in mine. 
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*To start, turn on some music, preferably Ray Charles, and turn it UP.
1. | Preheat oven to 375 degrees and start MIXING! Mix together meat, stuffing mix, water, A-1 sauce (if you didn't forget yours like me), and garlic powder until everything is combined really well. 
2. | Get your hands on a 12 (cup?) muffin pan and spray the crap out of it with pam (or a generic brand if you're cheap like me)
3. | Fill each cup (yeah i'm going with that) with meat until all are full, then make a little indention in the top (for the BBQ sauce) with the back of a spoon. It's ok if they aren't beautiful indentions, mine stunk!
3. | Fill with BBQ sauce and bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through (which if you're me, took 2 HOURS because my oven kept shutting down...#notwinning). 
4. | Pull out and cover with cheese, put back into oven and bake until cheese is melted. 
5. | Do NOT immediately eat these things, i'm telling you from experience that it will burn the crap out of your mouth. 
6. | YAY! you're domesticated and can make mini-meatloafs! 
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Picture time?
I know you visual learners out there are bored already so i'll help'a'sister'or'brother'out. 
[also i apologize in advance for the crappy quality of these pictures. The lighting in my kitchen has been HORRIBLE (up until recently muhahahah) and it makes for bad picture taking in manual]
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Yum right? They were, and they still will be since i was able to freeze some of them.
Add ketchup, i promise it will make it 100% better. 
Also Hannah, who i stalked to get this recipe, had some other GREAT ideas to make different flavored meatloafs. I'm just going to quote her,
"Italian - instead of the garlic powder, substitute it with 1 tsp. Italian seasoning. Instead of the BBQ sauce, fill the meatloaves with spaghetti sauce. And instead of the shredded cheddar cheese, substitute it with Mozzarella.
Fiesta - substitute the garlic for 2 tsp. chili powder, sub the BBQ sauce for salsa, and substitute the cheddar for Mexican style cheese.
Mediterranean - sub the garlic for 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves, the BBQ sauce for chopped, roasted red peppers, and the cheddar for traditional crumbled Feta cheese."

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So have you tried anything off of pinterest lately? 
Are you a cooking genius or flailing aimlessly around your kitchen? 
Who is pumped to start seeing better kitchen pictures!?!?!


Laura said...

We did mini meatloafs like that after seeing it on pinterest. It was perfect! And they are easy to freeze for serving sizes and just pull out what you need. Genius!

Sarah Grace said...

this is making me so hungry!!! yum!! and i love the freezer idea. i'm all about the easy re-heatable meals!

Beverly said...

scrummmadummmmm... problem with these are they're easily accessible.. just like cupcakes are!! I think I shall try em out this weekend ;)