Glazed Mini Meatloaves

Since having my fourth baby three months ago, I have been on the search for quicker weeknight meals. This recipe definitely fits the bill. My family happens to love meatloaf but I struggle making the large pans of meatloaf turn out without being tough and greasy. When I happened upon this recipe, I knew I had to try it. I like the concept of mini meatloaves and my kids thought it was “way cool” that they got their own little meatloaf. The meatloaf itself was incredibly tender and juicy – not tough and greasy like so many times before when I’ve made it and the glaze topping was perfect parts sweet and tart. For me, the key to the juiciness of the meatloaf was using both ground chuck and ground pork (if you can get true “meatloaf mix” from your butcher, go for it!), which I’ve never done before. This was a hit with my family and is definitely going in the tried-and-true pile.

Glazed Mini Meatloaves

Glazed Mini Meatloaves

Yield: Makes 4-5 mini meatloaves.

Glazed Mini Meatloaves

Ingredients

    Meatloaves:
  • 17-20 saltine crackers, crushed fine (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground meat (I use a combination of lean ground chuck, lean ground pork, or lean ground turkey)
  • 2 teaspoons oil (I used canola oil)
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cider vinegar

Directions

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 425 degrees. Stir cracker crumbs, milk, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, egg, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper together in a large bowl. Add ground meat and combine until uniform. Shape mixture into oval loaves (I doubled the recipe and got 10 mini loaves, so when I make the recipe without doubling it, I plan to shape into at least 5 loaves – they were definitely big enough to be perfectly filling!).
  2. Heat oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until the oil is rippling. Add meatloaves (without letting them touch sides) and brown well on one side, 3-5 minutes. Carefully flip loaves over and tidy up edges using a spatula (I didn’t need to do this – my meatloaves managed to hold their shape really well). Brown on this side for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, mix glaze ingredients together until smooth. Transfer mini meatloaves to a foil-lined baking pan and spoon the glaze over the top of each meatloaf. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the center of the loaf registers 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer (or do like I do and cut one of the little babies open and if it looks done – pull ‘em out of the oven!).
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/glazed-mini-meatloaves/

Recipe Source: adapted from The Best 30-Minute Recipe

95 Responses to Glazed Mini Meatloaves

  1. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – I’m glad you liked these little mini-meatloaves. It reminds me I need to make them soon! Thanks for checking in to let me know.

  2. Anonymous says:

    These were wonderful! Thanks for all of your unique yet down-to-earth new recipes!!!!!

  3. funfam says:

    Mel – what is your opinion on ground turkey?

  4. Jan says:

    Well, I intended to make this a couple of weeks ago, but then my son requested taco night instead, and there went my ground beef – ha! I finally made them last night, and they were super, super yummy! Even my dh who is not a meatloaf fan, said they were very good! I used 90% lean ground beef, and they were still moist and the glaze was perfection! Another one we’ll be adding to the dinner rotation! Thanks! And from one boy mom (we’re expecting our 3rd) to another – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

  5. JoAnn says:

    We had these last night…I didn’t have enough hamburger, so I threw in some Italian sausage…and it was wonderful! The glaze was so good–this recipe is a keeper.

  6. Ginnie says:

    My DH loves meatloaf and I really really do not, having had it force fed to me in boarding school every Wednesday. When I have made it for him in the past, I make something else for me.

    Tried this and loved it! The only substitutions I made were finely chopped onions as I don’t have any onion powder. I used ground pork and lean beef, but by mistake I added the oil to the mixture instead of the pan! ( Note to self, read AND understand a recipe before proceeding!).

    I am now a convert. So glad to have come across your blog. It is great!

  7. Jan says:

    I have these on the menu for this week! They look super tasty!

  8. kitchenbelle says:

    Mini-meatloaves are such a great idea! And they are so cute! They are little loaf-lettes! :-)

  9. Katy says:

    I was an adult before I really appreciated meatloaf, and now I’ll even order it in a restaurant if the mood strikes. Yours looks delish.

  10. Nicole says:

    I love mini meatloafs because they don’t take as long to cook! I’ll definitely have to try this one!

  11. Ryan and Julianne says:

    I made this last week and it was TERRIFIC. I’m not a meatloaf fan normally, but the picture made me want it, and it ended up tasting great.

    I halved this recipe and got 3 loaves from it. I used about .75 lb of 80/20 beef, 10 Ritz crackers, no parsley, and I attempted to actually split the egg yolk and white in half (not easy and fairly messy and ridiculous, but I suppose it worked). Everything was GREAT. Very easy. I also halved the sauce, but I should have left that as a full recipe; we were wishing for just a small smidge of sweetness extra. We served this with a green salad and corn, and it was great. Thanks for this one, it has ended up in my recipe box — woohoo!

  12. Melanie says:

    Julianne – loved the detail-filled comment. So helpful! I’m especially glad you liked these. Sorry about the mess of splitting the egg white and yolk – if it helps, when I have to do this, I usually lightly beat the egg in a bowl and sort of pour “half” into the recipe.

  13. Melanie says:

    JoAnn – thanks for letting me know. I’m glad to know about the substitution of Italian sausage. I’m excited you liked the recipe!

  14. Maria says:

    Cute mini loaves!

  15. grace says:

    for me, the appeal of meatloaf lies in the glaze. glazeless meatloaf need not apply. :)

  16. Jo says:

    WOW I will be definately trying these… my kids aren’t a fan of big meatloaf but love burgers…go figure!!

  17. Melanie says:

    funfam – my opinion on ground turkey is a good one. I love to use it and I sometimes substitute it for ground beef, although I do think you lose a little bit of flavor (probably due to the fat). But anyway, if you are thinking of substituting ground turkey in this recipe, it would probably work great – maybe not be quite as moist, but you would definitely save on fat.

  18. teresa says:

    These look like they’re packed with flavor, mmmm!

  19. Dianna says:

    Our family just started doing smaller meat loaf this year too. I make it in the large cupcake pans, which works out to being an individual sized portion (with a little less in the cups for the littlest ones, of course). Instead of having meatloaf for dinner we now joke about having ‘meat cakes’!

  20. jaesi says:

    Oh I love meatloaf and I never make it. I may have to try this. The dijon mustard sounds good.

  21. Melanie says:

    Ginnie – another meatloaf convert! I wasn’t a huge fan of meatloaf until we had these, either. I’m glad that you liked them. And thanks for letting me know about your changes – it always helps to see others’ variations. Thanks!

  22. Justin says:

    why does anything “mini” sound so much yummier?

  23. Melanie says:

    Hi Jan – Happy Mother’s Day to you, too! Thanks for checking in to let me know you liked these (and that your non-meatloaf-loving husband liked them too!).

  24. Celia Marie (W.) B. says:

    I once confessed on my blog that meatloaf is one of those recipes I just can’t ever get right. Well I tried this one tonight and it was FABULOUS! The pan frying step made a big difference and the pork really helped the textural issues I have with meatloaf. It tasted great, they looked appealing, and I was happy. Thanks!!

  25. Melanie says:

    Celia – thanks for letting me know you liked these little meatloaves. I agree that the pan frying step makes all the difference. Glad you liked them and are converted to meatloaf again.

  26. The Station Master says:

    To quote my oldest married son, ” Wow, this is the best meatloaf I have EVER had!!!” It tastes like our holiday meatballs that are on our Christmas Eve buffet. He loves to cook and he asked for the recipe- twice. He wanted to make sure I remembered. :) So hats off to you. I did make a couple of changes since I had no choice! I ground up some oats in my bullet since I didn’t have any crackers. I had only dark brown sugar and red wine vinegar. The latter chnages made for a darker sauce, but that we okay. Mine did not look like yours though. It seems that my suace soaked in more. I tried one with just ketchup to please a child and snitched a bite of it. I much preferred your sauce. I thought that the flavors would be too strong as I was mixing the meat, but it was pretty much perfect! I can’t wait to try more of your yummy reicpes. :) When I want to try something new, I head here first! Thanks again!!!

  27. Melanie says:

    The Station Master – thanks so much for your comment! I appreciate that you have confidence in the recipes here and I hope they continue to please. I’m so glad this meatloaf was a hit – be sure to pass that recipe along to your son!

  28. AngelaMarie says:

    I’ve already tried you basil chicken in curried coconut sauce (still LOVE it, gonna make it soon, already got the stuff for it again…) & tried this meatloaf recipe, although I must say I never did like meatloaf- til i made this recipe. Also my SO couldnt resist second helpings when i made this & had me make it again! Delicious. I only had regular mustard so that’s what I used & only regular hamburger, still soooo good, thank you!!

  29. Melanie says:

    AngelaMarie – I’m so glad you liked these minimeatloaves! Thanks for weighing in on your changes.

  30. bipplo says:

    is it alright if i serve them w/ pasta??
    or do the two not get along wif each other?? if im gona serve the meatball wif pasta,w/ the same meatball, wt sauce shd i make? thz

  31. Mel says:

    bipplo – sorry it has taken me a few days to get back with you. I think these would be fine with pasta. A little different, but I’m sure fine.

  32. Alicia says:

    So glad I doubled the recipe on this one. These little babies were devoured by even my pickiest eater! The glaze was awesome and really made it complete. Great recipe!

  33. Mel says:

    Thanks, Alicia – so glad you all liked this meal!

  34. Krista says:

    I love your recipes! This is the first review I have done on a recipe of yours I have made. I made the mini meatloaves on Sunday and I think they are the best I have ever had! I would have never thought to fry them first. My family loved them because they didn’t have onions in them. You are awesome and keep up the good work!

  35. Mel says:

    Thanks, Krista! I’m thrilled the mini meatloaves were a hit and that your family loved them. Thanks for letting me know!

  36. Reyna says:

    Made these tonight with a few alterations based on what I had–breadcrumbs instead of saltines (seriously, who doesn’t have saltines in their pantry?! Me apparently) and ground turkey/ground beef mix. I was really worried about the ground turkey because of how dry it can be–but it was all I had, and WOW! It was still the most moist and delicious meatloaf I’ve ever had. You definitely know how to pick ‘em!

  37. Mel says:

    Reyna – seriously, who doesn’t have saltines in their pantry? (I couldn’t resist teasing, I’m sorry…because, really, who doesn’t have saltines in their pantry??) I’m glad these meatloaves worked out with all your healthified changes of using ground turkey. That’s awesome!

  38. Krissy says:

    I’ve never loved meatloaf as much as I love it now! I think I could eat this every day for a week and not be sick of them. I’ve always made little personal sized loaves because they cook so much faster. So when I saw this version, I thought I’d give it a try. Wow, am I glad I did. They are so flavorful and delicious, and the glaze is to die for. My family loved it too, they all said it was the best meatloaf I’d ever made. You’re in my favorites now, I’ll be looking for more. Thanks!

  39. Mel says:

    Krissy – thank you! I’m glad this meatloaf converted you to REALLY love it.

  40. Rebecca says:

    Do you think these would freeze well? If so, how would you reheat them?

    Thanks!!

  41. Mel says:

    Rebecca – yes, they would probably freeze fine. If you can, I’d freeze them unbaked. Then bake them from frozen and add 5-10 minutes (or more, you’ll have to check them as they bake) onto the baking time.

  42. Nicole says:

    Made this tonight, everyone loved it including my 17 month old (REALLY love that!) Thanks again!

  43. Nicole says:

    Oh, PS: didn’t have fresh parsley, so I used about 1/8 cup dried (maybe a bit less); didn’t have cider vinegar so I used about 1 teaspoon water, 1 teaspoon apple juice and 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar, and it seemed to work well.

  44. Mel says:

    Nicole – thanks for including your substitutions. So glad this was a hit!

  45. Natalie Berger says:

    These little beauties just made it on my top 5 favorite meals at home list. My little 16 month old who will hardly eat a thing ate an entire loaf by herself. I was shocked.

  46. Mel says:

    Natalie – that’s huge news about your 16-month old. I’d be doing a dance around the kitchen for sure!

  47. Carrie says:

    My husband has serious issues with meatloaf and ate every bite, and my 15 month-old toddler ate almost half a loaf chunked up saying, “Mmm!” the whole time. I used equal parts beef/pork as suggested = so tasty! While browning, I got a little worried because mine started to break apart a little. But I think I may have had a little too much meat in my mixture. Still they held together well through baking. I found this to be one of your quicker recipes to make, so thank you for the time savings! I admit I had my doubts about the glaze since it was so simple, but it gels nicely and was delicious!

  48. Sue says:

    Another fabulous recipe from you! Whenever I am stumped for dinner I just check out your site to find something to make – this meatloaf was so good – I did use ground turkey though but it was so good! Thanks again for another wonderful dinner!

  49. Theresa says:

    Just made this meatloaf a few days ago and eating leftovers right now – this is DEFINITELY the best meatloaf! After making a flop of a meatloaf a month ago and eating a flop of a meatloaf at a catered lunch, I am so glad I found this recipe!

  50. Tiffany says:

    AMAZING! I found my new meatloaf recipe! Thank you for being such an amazing cook n sharing your talents n skills w us! I’m on your site almost daily looking for new recipes! Thanks for the tutorials also! I’ve never made rolls before because I was nervous they wouldn’t turn out! Watched your tutorial on yeast n shaping rolls n had the best rolls ever!! I constantly am sending ppl to your site when they ask where I got the recipe! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! Keep it up!!

  51. Cynthia says:

    I made these and I really liked them. The mustard gives them a twang. First couple of bites I wasn’t sure about the amount of mustard, but with the glaze it was really good. Glaze was much better than using just ketchup. The timing was perfect, they were very moist. As I live alone now, (my son is off and married :)), I am trying to make recipes I can put in portions and freeze the extras. Otherwise I end up eating the same thing all week, twice for dinner, one for lunch and by the fourth time I look at I am throwing it in the trash. I tried making a mini meatloaf recipe in the muffin cups, but it came out dry. Thanks for a great recipe.

  52. Audra says:

    I’m making these for Halloween and forming them as graves or coffins. I think I’ll to coffins and make little paper headstones on a toothpick! So excited! I have tried a lot of recipes since your sister Emily referred me to your blog. I have loved every one of them! This is one of my go to sites for recipes now. Thanks!!

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  55. Zenaida says:

    OMG!! Made this last night with some minor changes!! If I ever learned to read the directions prior to going to the grocery store than maybe I wouldn’t have had to make these changes. But instead of fresh parsley I used dried. Getting the measurement right was TRICKY! So I eyeballed it, I would say a little over a teaspoon. And I didn’t use ketchup for the sauce, I’ve always been scared to since it’s in a bottle. Instead I used just a can of tomato sauce. Didn’t pick up any brown sugar b/c I thought I had some but turns out it wasn’t good anymore. So I had to use just sauce but I added a ton of cheese on top, like I normally do with my own recipe. I also only used a 1lb of meat and toned down the salt & Worcestershire sauce b/c I knew that it could potentially get too salty. But OVERALL it turned out AMAZING!! MY BOYFRIEND WAS IN HEAVEN!! Definitely better than mine!! Thank you so much for another GREAT recipe!! :)

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  57. Sherry says:

    I just found your website and absolutely love it. I have already made several recipes and they are all fabulous! I recently made the glazed mini meat loaves and they are delicious – moist and tasty. I doubled the recipe – didn’t realize it would make so much (or underestimated our appetites) so gave my sister some. Her husband and son loved it! Do you think it would taste a lot different if I used bread crumbs? I’ll try it and see what happens.

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  59. Sharlene says:

    I made this last night for dinner because of all of the good reviews it got. I am totally not a meatloaf person and this was “melt in your mouth” amazing. no joke. I especially hate the ketchup sticky glaze stuff on meatloaf and I usually just make a full loaf and lay raw bacon on the top instead of the glaze but i decided to make the recipe as is and it was not all that bad! The frying definitely added a whole other dimension. I used a pork and beef mix which was perfect and i didn’t have any saltines so I used my panko bread crumbs. All in all it was perfect. This dish gives a GOOD name to the mystery meat dish.

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  61. Suzanne says:

    Tried these tonight. They were DELICIOUS! Loved the ease of doing individual loaves that cook quicker and more evenly. My 8 year old asked me to leave a comment about how much we enjoyed them:)

  62. Mame M says:

    I make these all the time and we LOVE them. We are going out of town while my mother and mother-in-law are taking turns watching our children for us (!!!!!). So I am going to put some in the freezer for them!

  63. Jess from ND says:

    Loved these tonight, especially the crispy coating due to frying it beforehand. Is it possible you can recommend any more glazes?

  64. Mel says:

    Jess – I’ve only ever used this glaze with these mini meatloaves. Glad you liked the recipe!

  65. Robyn says:

    Found this recipe on Pinterest and followed the link here. Made these mini meatloaves tonight and they were delicious! My sister loved them and she hates when I experiment with new recipes!

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  67. Zenaida says:

    Made this again tonight! Actually had all the ingredients! I again only used a little over a lb since grocery stores don’t sell lb & 1/2. And used tomato sauce instead of ketchup. I added more sugar to it to make it sweeter to make up for the sweetness in ketchup. It was AMAZING!! Thank you again for such a great recipe! I really could taste the fresh parsley! Ate too much it was that good! Oh, I cooked it in one big lump in the oven! It turned out great!

  68. Kate says:

    Made this for my hubby tonight and he LOVED it. He did say to cut back on the sugar since there is already some in the ketchup…other than that, it was two thumbs up! I was so happy cause he’s a very picky eater:)

  69. Katie says:

    These look delicious. If I were to make them ahead do you think I could brown the individual loaves a few hours before, place in the fridge and then pop in the oven before serving? Adding on a few minutes baking time perhaps?

  70. Katie says:

    I am not normally a meatloaf fan…far from it. These were sooooo good! I ate a whole piece and kept stealing bites from the pan while doing dishes. The whole family loved them, including my 3 year old who had 3 helpings! She told me it was delicious and asked if I would make it again! Thanks so much! I prepped it all in advance including browning the loaves and just refrigerating them in the pan. Topped it with the sauce right before throwing it in the oven and added about 5-7 minutes baking time. Worked great!

  71. Mel says:

    Katie – sorry I didn’t get back with you sooner on your first comment – I’ve been without internet for a week. I’m so glad you reported back and that prepping them beforehand worked out. Thanks!

  72. Michelle Lubbers says:

    These little gems were so good! I ‘ahem’ automatically assumed the recipe was calling for italian sausage, only because I haven’t ever used just lean ground pork before. I also had to skip the egg since I was out which didn’t seem to affect the final product in my case. I think the sausage was a bit much (now I see why!) But, paired with mashed potatoes, this meal was nothing like your ordinary meatloaf and is certainly worth repeating. All the flavors went very well together, and the glaze was delicious. Thumbs up, since my husband is not a meatloaf fan and he too loved it.

  73. Marie says:

    You have lots of comments, but here’s another :-) I made these for my Irish husband who has never had meatloaf. I rarely had it myself, so it doesn’t really enter my mind to make it. I’m glad I tried this recipe though! It was a hit with everyone, even my increasingly picky 2 year old. Love the glaze. So much nicer than plain ketchup. I added finely chopped onion and garlic (about 1/3 c & 2 cloves) because I love both. Other than that, I kept it as is. About halfway through eating my husband says, “so what IS meatloaf?” Um, what you’re eating? “So, basically a hamburger without a bun?” Yeah, kind of. But at least he liked it!

  74. ReignbowTracer Novelties says:

    These are sooo good!

  75. Jody says:

    Just made these & wanted to come back and say how much we loved them!! I like the whole mini loaf idea. Next time I will just make 3 and freeze the other two since its just hubby and I and a 2 year old :-) My hubby doesnt usually love meatloaf but he said “You need to keep this recipe”. I did substitute honey for the brown sugar in the glaze because I realized I was out! Still very good!!

  76. Laura McKay says:

    Absolutely wonderful!! So nice and quick! Thank you!!

  77. Anna says:

    WOW! Thank you for this recipe, my children (grown up kids) always hated meatloaf but they loved these! Followed the recipe exactly except used panko breadcrumbs and dried parsley.

  78. Lori says:

    Hi Mel, would I brown the loaves prior to freezing?

  79. Mel says:

    Hi Lori, I’ve always frozen these before browning.

  80. Nancy says:

    Just made these, some with the sauce recipe you provided (used balsamic vinegar instead of the cider vinegar that I didn’t have on hand), some with BBQ sauce, and one plain. They were all good, and the whole family enjoyed them.

  81. Amanda Zentefis says:

    These were amazing!! Just like every other recipe I have tried from this website.. I have to eat gluten free, so I used gluten free bread crumbs and they were delicious! Every recipe I have made from here ,even converted to gluten free, turns out wonderful. Thanks for another great dinner!

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  83. Teresa says:

    These mini loaves were incredible. The glaze is just delicious–perfect! My kids gobbled them up. I ended up making 6 loaves and used 1 pound of white ground turkey and .5 pound of dark ground turkey instead of the 1.5 ground beef/pork. So moist and flavorful. Thank you for a great keeper!!!

  84. Kathryn says:

    Hi there – I’m planning on trying this recipe out tonight. Can you tell me how large the mini loaves should be? Perhaps about a cup or so?

  85. Mel says:

    Kathryn – I don’t know the exact size – just depends on how many people you need to serve and how big you make them. You can really make them any size you want.

  86. Rayna says:

    Mel – I’m so glad I found you! So is my husband. I’m a newb when it comes to both cooking and cooking blogs. I’ve dabbled in both but had a hard time “connecting.” There is something about how genuine and down-to-earth you are that immediately made me realize that I was going to love your recipes. I’ve tried these meatloaves – and I’m already making them again; they are simply The Best!
    I have also tried a couple others and have been equally as happy. Thank you! You’ve inspired me and given me confidence. I’m a busy wife with two boys still in diapers and a full-time student, but I’ve found a way to actually make meals – and plan them ahead of time. You have helped me be a better wife and mother; I truly appreciate you!

  87. Paige says:

    Tried the recipe tonight for dinner it was SO great! My family loved it. I did make a few changes as well. I added paprika and real onion. Other than that stuck with the recipe. The sauce was seriously the amazing!! Thank you! I will definitely be checking out other recipes!

  88. Whitney says:

    My family loves this delicious, moist meatloaf. I have made it several times now and we have only changed a few things. First, I fry up some bacon. Then I dice and sweat a small onion and a bit of green pepper. While everything is frying, I prep the meatloaf mix. The peppers and onions go into the mix and before I fry up the loaves, some get bacon and Colby jack. For the glaze, we cut the sugar back by half and we make a double batch. I love how fast they cook and everyone can personalize their loaf. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

  89. gina says:

    can you make this without pork?

  90. gina says:

    also what can you sub for the milk that would work instead of dairy? I cant drink milk.

  91. Mel says:

    Hi Gina – you’ll have to experiment with your changes since I haven’t tried them but my inclination is that yes, you could make this without pork. You could easily use a non-dairy milk substitute also.

  92. Sherry says:

    I signed up to make these for a Toastmasters (pubic speaking group) holiday potluck. I think it would be better to make them more meatball sized, but I’m wondering how long I would cook them for if they are much smaller. What do you all think?

  93. Mel says:

    Sherry – decreasing the cooking time by half to start with (and then adding more time on as needed) should work. Good luck!

  94. Ruth says:

    Hi Mel,
    I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have made this recipe. My husband and I, who are empty nesters, love it! I usually double the recipe, flash freeze the baked mini loaves, and then have a stash that I can pull from on those nights that I don’t want to cook. My changes are using all ground beef, and adding some diced green pepper, ketchup, and red pepper flakes to the meat mixture. This is such a great recipe and the mini loaves reheat wonderfully in the microwave. Meatloaf, fried okra, black-eyed peas and cornbread—what more could a southern gal ask for!

  95. Tiffany says:

    I made these exactly to the recipe and they were delicious! I ate a single (incredibly delicious) mini meatloaf (without any side dishes!) and I was completely full. Thank you so much!

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