Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pizza Meatloaf Muffins

Pizza, Meatloaf... why choose between them... just make Pizza Meatloaf Muffins.  I made these as a fun dinner with mash potatoes and broccoli and it was a hit with the hubby and kids.  My kids were a bit confused when I said I was making pizza meatloaf muffins.  They eat mostly sweet muffins... so a muffin with meat in it was a little weird to them.  But after eating a couple of muffins... they totally understood that it's just a little mini meatloaf.  I love the individual servings because it was easy to portion.  These little cuties are also fun for the Super bowl.  I may have to make more muffins for Sunday.

2lbs lean ground meat (chicken, beef, turkey)
4-5 slices of bread (I used whole grain)
milk (as needed)
2 eggs
1 bell pepper finely diced
1 medium onion finely diced
1-2 green chilies finely diced
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
red chili flakes to taste
1 tsp granulated garlic
salt and black pepper as needed (to taste)
1/2 prepared pizza or spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup of sliced pepperoni cut into small pieces
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

pasta sauce as needed
Mozzarella cheese as needed

In a skillet, heat 1-2tsp of canola oil and saute onion, bell pepper and chilies. Then add pepperoni, granulated garlic, oregano, basil and red chili flakes.  Salt to taste.  Allow mixture to cool down before proceeding.

Pour milk over bread slices and eggs.  Mix and crumble bread until "mushy".  Then add the 2 pounds of ground meat, pasta sauce, Parmesan cheese, sauteed onion/pepper mixture, black pepper and salt.  Mix all ingredients well.

Spray muffins pan with non-stick cooking spray and fill muffins to the top of muffin pan edge.   Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Then take out of oven and top with a tsp of pasta sauce and some shredded mozzarella cheese.  Place muffins back in oven and cook for another 5 minutes.  Serve hot.  Sides dish suggestions are mash potatoes, sauteed vegetables like broccoli or green beans.  You can also opt to serves with spaghetti with tomato or marinara sauce or mac and cheese.   Enjoy.


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