Easy Meatloaf Cupcake Recipe

You need a new ground beef recipe.  
 
What?  How’d I know that?  Because I can read minds.
 
Okay.  Not really.  The truth is that I heard your family protesting yet another meatloaf all the way over here.
 
*sigh*  Okaaay.  It was actually my family doing the protesting.  (Although my grain free meatloaf recipe is awesome!)
 
When we purchased a quarter of grass fed beef from our local farmer, I ended up with 38 pounds of wonderful, grass-fed, ground beef to work my way through. I needed something beyond my usual meatloaf-chili-taco rotation. 

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Meatloaf Pie Inspired Meatloaf Cupcakes

 One of my favorite childhood dishes was my mother’s meatloaf pie.  I didn’t believe her the first time she made it and I asked what we were having for dinner.  In my tiny world, pies were always sweet, never savory and I might have gagged a little at the thought of a meat pie.  
 
Of course, when I saw it, a pie-shaped meatloaf, topped with thick, creamy mashed potatoes and neatly arranged strips of cheese, I was sold.  Cheese makes me weak in the knees. 
 
And so, as I looked at the 2 lbs of boring ground beef begging me to turn it into something my boys wouldn’t snub, I expanded on my mother’s pie genius and decided to attempt meatloaf cupcakes.  
 
They were a hit!  
 
Over the years we’ve made them different ways – topped with peas and carrots or bacon and shredded cheese; topped with sweet potatoes and served with cranberry sauce; topped with only a tomato-based sauce; even topped only with cheese. 
 
The customization options are endless for toppings or sides with these meatloaf cupcakes. 
 
Grab the recipe today and wow your family tonight!
 
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Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients

For the meatloaf:
2lbs grass-fed ground beef
2 pastured eggs
3 tsp garlic powder
3 tsp onion powder
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Optional–1/2 tsp ground mustard
 
For the mashed potatoes:
6 medium russet potatoes (3 large sweet potatoes)
1/2 c of whole, raw grass-fed milk (if you aren’t using raw whole milk, use a 1/4c whole milk, 1/4c cream.)
1/4 c butter (more if you’d like!)
1/4 c sour cream (optional–we like the tangy flavor, but I omit it when using sweet potatoes)
Himalayan Pink Salt to taste
 
Optional–shredded Gouda cheese
 
Peas, carrots (shredded or chopped), cheese, bacon, or other toppings
 
 
Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.  Line a muffin tin with paper muffin cups or grease the tin liberally with butter or coconut oil.
3.  Mix all of the meatloaf ingredients together.
4.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
5.  Peel, wash and chop the potatoes.
6.  Boil the potatoes until soft and then drain. (If using sweet potatoes, you’ll need to bake them first–400 degrees for an hour.)
7.  With a hand mixer, mix all of the mashed potato ingredients together.
8.  Put the mashed potatoes in a pastry bag and pipe onto the meatloaves.  (No pastry bag?  Snip the tip off of a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and insert a pastry tip.  No pastry tip?  Do a tiny snip of the bag and it will work as a round tip.)
9.  Decorate with colorful veggies, cheese, bacon or whatever else seems yummy.  

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Meatloaf Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • For the meatloaf:
  • 2lbs grass-fed ground beef
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • 3 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Optional--1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • For the mashed potatoes:
  • 6 medium russet potatoes (3 large sweet potatoes)
  • 1/2 c of whole, raw grass-fed milk (if you aren't using raw whole milk, use a 1/4c whole milk, 1/4c cream.)
  • 1/4 c butter (more if you'd like!)
  • 1/4 c sour cream (optional--we like the tangy flavor, but I omit it when using sweet potatoes)
  • Himalayan Pink Salt to taste
  • Optional--shredded Gouda cheese
  • Peas, carrots (shredded or chopped), cheese, bacon, or other toppings

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a muffin tin with paper muffin cups or grease the tin liberally with butter or coconut oil.
  3. Mix all of the meatloaf ingredients together.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
  5. Peel, wash and chop the potatoes.
  6. Boil the potatoes until soft and then drain. (If using sweet potatoes, you'll need to bake them first--400 degrees for an hour.)
  7. With a hand mixer, mix all of the mashed potato ingredients together.
  8. Put the mashed potatoes in a pastry bag and pipe onto the meatloaves. (No pastry bag? Snip the tip off of a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and insert a pastry tip. No pastry tip? Do a tiny snip of the bag and it will work as a round tip.)
  9. Decorate with colorful veggies, cheese, bacon or whatever else seems yummy.
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