Mini Meatloaf and Red Duck Ketchup

We chit chatted earlier this week about Red Duck Ketchup. How delicious it was and how perfect it is on corn dogs. Remember? And I promised there would be one lucky winner of a ketchup gift pack?

Well Emily Shack you are the lucky winner! I’ll email for your address so we can send tasty ketchup your way.

I do want to share one more recipe with you before we jump off this ketchup train for a while. Simple homemade meatloaf. Except I made mine in my mini muffin tin instead of in to an actual loaf. Apparently I have a thing for miniature sized foods….

Mini Meatloaf and Red Duck Ketchup

There really is a story behind this though. When my sister and I were little we wouldn’t eat meatloaf. Well we wouldn’t eat it in loaf form. However is my mom baked it in a muffin tin, slathered it with ketchup and topped it with cheese, and called them snuffleupagus meatballs we would devour them. My mom is a pretty bright woman if you ask me.

I have never tried to feed Little meatloaf in a loaf form. In fact (are you ready for this??)….. I have never made meatloaf before. Like ever. I actually had to go look up some recipes because, while I had a vague idea of what I was doing, I wasn’t completely sure what all went in it.

Mini Meatloaf and Red Duck Ketchup

And then I decided to wing it. I liked the idea of pureeing some veggies in the food processor to add to the mixture.¬†Hiding veggies in your meals can NEVER be a bad idea. But I so trust the¬†Pioneer Woman recipes I really wanted to make hers. Except I had no bacon (a completely separate tragedy which will be remedied shortly). That and her recipe didn’t have the veggies in it.

So I just kinda did my own thing. It turned out positively delicious. Little promptly ate two (at 9 am) as soon as they were cool enough to handle.

Mini Meatloaf and Red Duck Ketchup

I wasn’t sure how the curry ketchup would fare on the meatloaf. Please please please believe me when I tell you, if you are local, go out and buy a bottle of Red Duck curry ketchup even if it is just for meatloaf. What an incredible addition and layers of flavor. Hands down the winner.

The spicy ones were also incredibly delicious but I was simply blown away at how well the curry went with the meatloaf. It’s a thing. You should do it.

Mini Meatloaf and Red Duck Ketchup

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Mini Meatloaf (made 22 mini cupcakes sized)
Pieced together from many recipes

1 carrot
1 celery stalk
1/4 yellow onion peeled
1/2 cup milk
2 slices Bread
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup (heaping) grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 whole eggs, beaten
Ketchup for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes. Put the coarsely chopped carrot, celery and onion in the bowl of your food processor. Process till very finely chopped. Place the ground beef, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, veggies, and black pepper in a large mixing bowl. Pour in beaten eggs.

With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined. Form the mixture into a little balls and place in your mini muffin pan. Place a good sized dollop of ketchup on each mini meatloaf and spread evenly.

Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until internal temp reaches 170 F. Enjoy with a side of veggies or potatoes.

Mini Meatloaf and Red Duck Ketchup

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