Cheddar BBQ Meatloaf Muffins

These meatloaf muffins--a cross between a meatball and a mini meatloaf--are easy to freeze in individual portions. Make a double batch now[ and freeze half for dinner next week.]

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
5 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 pounds meatloaf mix (ground beef, pork and veal)
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded Cheddar (about 5 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 small green onions, finely chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • Serving suggestions: mashed potatoes and a green salad
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Pour the milk over the breadcrumbs in a large bowl and stir to combine. Add the meatloaf mix, 1 cup of the cheese, 1/4 cup of the barbecue sauce, the salt, pepper, green onions, garlic and egg and mix with your hands until just combined.

  • Divide and shape the mixture into 6 balls and arrange the balls in a 6-cup nonstick muffin pan. Place the muffin pan on a rimmed baking sheet and brush the remaining 1/4 cup barbecue sauce on top of the meat.

  • Bake for 40 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through cooking. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Continue to bake until the meatloaf muffins are cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 5 minutes more; the interior muffins may take a little longer to cook. Cool 5 minutes in the pan.

  • Arrange on a serving platter and serve with mashed potatoes and a green salad.

  • Cook's Note: This recipe may be doubled and frozen for future meals. After baking, remove the meatloaf muffins from the pan to cool. Wrap each individual portion with aluminum foil and freeze.

  • To reheat: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or on your counter for about 4 hours. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the thawed muffins on a baking sheet in their foil packets and bake for 25 minutes. Carefully open the foil and continue to bake for 5 minutes until warmed through.


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