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Individual meatloaves spice up Father’s Day

Single servings offer multiple flavors. King Features (King Features)
Single servings offer multiple flavors. King Features (King Features)

If Dad is a meat and potatoes type of guy, surprise him on Father’s Day with this clever twist on a traditional “Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes” menu item. Your kids will get their hands in the preparations as they form the meat mixture into mini loaves in a muffin pan.

Top them with swirls of mashed potatoes and a whimsical garnish when they come out of the oven for eye-catching savory meatloaf cupcakes.

The recipe for the individual meatloaves has been one of our family favorites for years; not only for the fun size, but also for the special piquant sauce that gets its snappy taste from the nutmeg.

The meat mixture goes together quickly and only requires extra-lean ground beef rather than the traditional addition of ground pork and veal.

Meatloaf Cupcakes

You will need:

1 cup milk

2/3 cup breadcrumbs

1 1/2 pounds extra-lean ground beef

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/4 cup grated onion

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/3 teaspoon sage

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk in a mixing bowl. Add the ground beef, eggs, onion, salt, pepper and sage. Mix well.

Form individual portions and place in 12 greased muffin pans or sturdy foil baking-cup liners. Cover each one with piquant sauce (below). Bake for 45 minutes. Makes 12.

Piquant sauce:

3 tablespoons brown sugar

4 tablespoons ketchup

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon dry mustard

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl.

Mashed potatoes “frosting” finale:

While the mini meatloaves bake, prepare 3 cups of your favorite mashed potato recipe. When the meat is done, carefully remove from muffin pan and spoon dollops of mashed potatoes on top of each “cupcake” to look like frosting.

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