Mini BBQ meatloaf cups

Let me start off by saying, dear reader, how much I appreciate you coming back week after week to peek at what’s going on in this gal’s life. Oh sure, I’ve got recipes for you, but I like to think that I’m at least entertaining you a wee little bit with my ramblings on. And for that, my little chickadee, you shall be rewarded with tales of my embarrassment. How better to get over those things that make me cringe than by putting them upon a stage for all the world to ridicule?

Ok, now it’s like I’ve built up some sort of expectation of embarrassment for you. Luckily, I’m not continually a fool, so we’ll start with a small bit of foolishness on my part. Guess who’s got two thumbs and fought her way through a terrible snow storm only to find out that she didn’t actually have to work that day? Oh yeah, this girl. This shamefaced, white-knuckled, overly exhausted girl. Yeah, I may have forgotten that it was President’s Day on Monday. Le sigh. To be fair, I did have a couple of tasks that were better completed right away on Monday, and my mistake made me look like the hardest of workers, so it’s all winning. Still though, everyone that I mentioned the story too (including my dad, of all people) was like, “Uh goofball, you forgot you didn’t have to work?!” I may need to scale back a little on all those projects I’m trying to tackle.

Luckily, this recipe comes together super easy, allowing me a little space to carve out for said activities. Because I think we both know that scaling back my to-do list will never make it on the list. So, bear with me, elaborate recipes have their place, but it’s not here right now.

Besides, if there’s anything Himself loves it’s meatloaf. Make the meatloaf slightly meatball shaped, and I suddenly become the best wife there ever was. Me, I was happy to have a meatloaf that cooked super quick. Plus, a couple of things will help elevate your tried and true meatloaf into awesomeness. I’ve taken to making my own croutons whenever I have bread that’s past its prime. I keep the croutons in the freezer and grab a few out whenever I need them. I highly recommend you start doing the same, because these croutons will make the best breadcrumbs you ever did taste. Likewise, the BBQ sauce is best when you’ve made your own. And, the garlicky bite of the breadcrumbs and sharpness of the cheddar are perfectly balanced with the sweet you get from the BBQ sauce and the corn. See, even meatloaf can make a foodie happy!

Enjoy!

Mini BBQ meatloaf cups

Mini BBQ meatloaf cups

Adapted from Taste of Home’s BBQ Meat Loaf Minis

1 lb ground beef
¼ finely chopped onion
⅓ cup sweet corn
¾ cup homemade breadcrumbs
¼ cup BBQ sauce, plus more for serving
1 egg
2 teaspoons hickory seasoning or BBQ rub
½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Shape into ⅓ cup balls and place in an ungreased muffin tin. Bake for 25 minutes.

Remove pan from oven and sprinkle with cheese. Return to oven and bake an additional 5 minutes. Serve immediately with additional BBQ sauce if desired.

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