I know, I know what you may be thinking- “Meatloaf Cupcakes”?
But let me better explain, there is nothing sweet about this kind of “Dinner Cupcake” it’s all Meat and Potatoes (with little bits of Applewood Bacon). It makes a statement from the very beginning and it’s so ridiculously yummy beyond words.
I grew up in the 70’s where meatloaf was one of the main staples at our family dinner table. Yep I remember mama’s recipe was loaded with crushed saltine crackers and smothered with ketchup. But since those days’s I feel meatloaf has come a very long way. This is why I adore this little recipe so much.
Think of it was a new way to make meatloaf more interesting. I can guarantee that whoever you serve this to, will remember this little cupcake for the rest of their lives!
- 1½ Lbs Ground Beef
- 1 Cup Bread Crumbs
- 1 Onion, finely chopped
- 1½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 (8 oz) can Tomato Paste
- 2 tbs Brown Sugar
- 1½ tsp Dijon Mustard
- 1½ tsp Worchestershire sauce
- 12 slices Applewood Bacon
- For Whipped Potato (Frosting)
- 4-6 Potatoes
- ¼ shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1 stick of melted butter
- 1½ Cup Sour Cream
- ½ Salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Making the Meatloaf:- Line your muffin tin with the bacon so that each tin is circled by one strip.
- Mix together the beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg, salt, pepper, tomato paste, sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Form the meat into 12 equally sized balls and place them into the bacon-lined muffin tins. Fold the top of the bacon over, if needed.
- Pop them into the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the meat is cooked through and the bacon is crisp.
- Making the Potatoes: While the meatloaf is cooking, prepare your mashed potatoes. Dice up the potatoes and boil them in salted water until they’re soft. Drain the potatoes, pop them into a mixing bowl, and mash them with a fork until they’re completely smooth. Add your butter, cheese, sour cream, salt, etc and mix until fully combined. Move your mashed potatoes into a piping bag (or a zip-lock with an edge cut off) and save it until the meatloaf is ready.
- Assembling the “cupcake”: Once the meatloaf is ready, take em out of the oven, and pipe them with the mashed potatoes! After they’re all piped, pop them back into the oven, and turn your heat up to 400-500 degrees. Heat until the tops of the potatoes are golden brown (it should be very quick – no more than 5-6 minutes).
- Remove them from the oven, let cool for a bit, and enjoy!