Monday, August 8, 2011

It's a cupcake... it's a muffin.... nope, it's MEATLOAF!!!

It seems that lately the only utensil getting serious usage in my kitchen has been my muffin/cupcake tin. So why not make a dinner out of it?!

As Sunday night rolled around, and another 90+ humid day, I really had no energy to walk the amazingly long 5 blocks to the grocery store to make a labor intensive meal. I glanced around my fridge, and found some ground turkey that was screaming "bake me!" With the only other ingredients I had on hand, I created these lovely little individual meatloaf tarts, spicy and perfectly paired with some fresh mango slices for some sweetness. Use whatever salsa you have on hand as a ketchup substitute, stale bread instead of bread crumbs... and you've got yourself a pretty healthy dinner! Portion control already taken care of... and fresh fruit to top it off!!! Play around with the ingredients, you can't go wrong with this one using whatever you have in your kitchen....

1 lb ground white turkey (beef or chicken, whatever you prefer)
3 tbsp of your favorite salsa (I used Utz's Peach Salsa- SO DELISH! And let's face it, was the only one I had in my fridge at the time)
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs (crumble up some stale bread if you don't have bread crumbs in your pantry, but if you don't, I suggest buying some, it always come in hand!)
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
salt & pepper to taste
Fresh mango slices for garnish - however many you like!

Preheat oven to 375*F. Spray your cupcake/muffin tin with some non stick cooking spray (even if it's non-stick, this will only help later on when trying to fork it out of the tin). Another tip: when making meatloaf, make sure all of your ingredients are at room temp. This helps the flavors to mix easier, bakes smoother, and not to mention isn't as grosse on your hands when you smoosh it all together in a bowl!
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl with your hands until thoroughly combined. Spoon into the cupcake tin to the top (remember, these don't rise like cupcakes or muffins, so fill 'em up good!). Bake at 375 for 20 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Serve with some fresh mango slices, or whatever summer fruit you have on hand. The spicy/sweet combo is perfect for a summer night. Let's not forget to add, these little individual portions make great party dishes, and look so cute you can't wait to eat them all up!!! Enjoy!!!

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