Monday, April 12, 2010

Meatloaf Muffins...

When I started this blog, I vowed to not include a bunch of recipes or cleaning tips because, well, let's face it, a Domestic Goddess, I am not. But this little time-saving tidbit is definitely worth a mention.

I learned this trick back when I worked for the REA magazine. We had a reader-submitted recipe page and one of our regulars sent us this tip.

Basically, you take any meatloaf recipe and, instead of baking it in a loaf pan, you bake it in muffin tins. Since the "loaves" or "muffins" are much smaller than a standard meatloaf, cooking time is cut down to about half an hour. Brilliant!

This is one of my favorite cooking shortcuts. I love meatloaf but get home late from work so making a normal meatloaf during the week has us eating way too late.

I hope I have satisfied my Domestic Goddess requirement for the month (year, perhaps).

Linking to Rednesday at It's a Very Cherry World


  1. That is a great idea. They look so cute on the plate. Carla

  2. Great Idea, I am always looking for easy differnt things for Bunko lunch, this is perfect.

    Have a grat day.


  3. A sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm! What a great idea, and the shortened cooking time would be such a plus for weeknight meals. Ciao, bella!

  4. Hm. My family might get a meatloaf more than once in a blue moon! Thanks for the tip!

  5. Oooh great tip, I should try this with PW's meatloaf next time I make it. I would think they'd freeze great and already in nice portion sizes :)

  6. What a great idea- and easy to serve, too!

  7. Who doesn't like meatloaf?? OMG I am making these this week. It's so simple now that I have seen it, but I never thought of it before. My hubby is sending you a big hug!! Bentley is too!!

    Susan and Bentley

  8. What a great idea!~ I like that the smaller size means less cooking time!

  9. Necel, thank you for the neat idea. Sometimes It is just me at home and I want a little bite of meatloaf. I could freeze these up and they would be ready.
    This South Tx gal just checked your blog out..girl your heart Is and always will be in Tx..nothing seems to compare. All though your pictures of Wyoming sure made me want to visit.
    We are a Tx rodeo family also. My son is always in Ranch Rodeos.
    Looking forward to visiting.

    Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  10. That's what I always list as my occupation: Domestic Goddess! I am definitely going to try this, because you're so right about it taking too long to bake a meatloaf when you don't have the time. And I love meatloaf! It's even better the second day, isn't it?!
    Happy REDnesday!

  11. I forgot to say that I love the pictures of your doggies, especially Pete. He's a beautiful dog, and I can tell from your sidebar that you are a real animal lover! You're living a beautiful life there in Texas!

  12. That is brilliant...thinks for sharing. Our household loves meatloaf! Mica ? The Child's Paper

  13. Why Necel, that's brilliant. Mmm, meatloaf and green beans are making me hungry! I didn't have any reds to share this week but had to come by and see all the great stuff everybody had to share. Happy REDnesday~

  14. Wonderful idea& it looks yummy !

  15. Thanks for the tip! I hate to cook, too, so this is very helpful!