Recently, I was talking to my good friend Jamie (also a long-time lover of meatloaf muffins) about the start up of my blog and the brainstorming of new recipes, and she suggested that I feature Meatloaf Muffins with mashed potatoes on top. Genius! We usually have mashed potatoes on the side when I make these anyway, why not combine the two? Then I thought, with a sprinkle of cheese on top they would be almost like mini Shepherd's Pie's! And so, today's recipe was born.
If you're interested in making the traditional Meatloaf Muffins, you can do so by following the same recipe, omitting the mashed potatoes and cheese, and putting a dab of ketchup on top instead. I made half and half with this batch, but I posted the recipe as all Shepherd's Pie muffins. Try it however you like! Either way, I promise you are going to be making this again and again!
Does he look like a happy little guy!?
While the traditional meatloaf muffins don't look terribly appetizing,
I promise they are absolutely delicious!
Shepherd's Pie/Meatloaf Muffins
To make traditional meatloaf muffins, omit mashed potatoes and cheese and put 1t of ketchup on the top of each muffin before baking.
1lb ground beef or turkey
1 package Stove Top stuffing
1 egg white
1.5C prepared mashed potatoes (shhh, I won't tell anyone you made them from a box if you won't!)
3/4C shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 375
1. Mix together first 4 ingredients until well incorporated. Its time to get your hands dirty!
2. Divide the meatloaf mixture between 12 muffin cups.
3. Spread 2T of mashed potatoes on top of each muffin.
4. Top with 1T of shredded cheese.
5. Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes, until center is no longer pink.