In our family, we like meatloaf. We love barbecue sauce. And we adore cheddar cheese.
When I came across the Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaves recipe on Life in the Lofthouse, I was super jazzed…for a number of reasons.
Reasons #s 1-3 are listed above (meatloaf, bbq sauce, and cheese).
Reason #4 is that I have not had a fail on any of the recipes from Life in the Lofthouse.
Reason #5 is that mini as equates to food means portion-controlled and fast cooking. Meatloaf takes over an hour if we make a full sized one, so the second half of that reason is super great!
This recipe, needless to say, is Muffin Approved.
Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaves
Adapted from Life in the Lofthouse
1/2 pound each ground turkey and ground pork (This is the main deviation from the original recipe)
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup barbecue sauce, plus another 1/4 cup barbecue sauce for brushing on the loaves (1/2 cup total)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
salt and pepper (pepper must be freshly ground)
2 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed into tiny cubes
Set your oven to preheat at 400 degrees. Line a half-sheet pan with foil.
Mix until just combined all ingredients except 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce in a medium bowl. Divide and shape into four loaves. Place each on the baking pan. Spread barbecue sauce on the top of the loaves.
Bake for 20 minutes until done.
Enjoy the sweet, cheesy, slightly spicy, meaty goodness! Note: We served ours with seasoned-battered fries (from frozen) and pickle stalks.