Miniature Meatloaves – Even if nothing about the word “loaf” sounds appealing, you should really give these beauties a try. Savory, tender, and NOT dry, these are just going to change your mind.
I’ll be honest: Michael and I were not meatloaf fans. I felt like if we ate meatloaf that we’d somehow be cheating ourselves out of a good dinner. Nothing sounds great about meatloaf. In my home, meatloaf meant we were having a condiment for dinner with meatloaf on the side. I can only remember 2-3 times of eating meatloaf growing up. My mom felt like I did about the stuff. We just didn’t eat it. And I never EVER thought I’d make it in my home.
When I read Deb Perelman’s description of feeling the same way in The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, I knew we were kindred spirits. She felt like it was beneath her to make or eat mealoaf until someone pointed out how much she loves meatballs, and, well, they’re just not much different.
So I decided to swallow my pride and meatloaf prejudice and try it. I tinkered with different recipes, and we’ve now made this one 4 times. It’s one of Michael’s favorite dinners. And we couldn’t be more embarrassed about how much we love it.
So, if–like us–you’ve been avoiding meatloaf, will you give this a try? With a tasty sauce and a small-size meatball portion, these miniature meatloaves are tender, delicious, and full of flavor and won’t leave you feeling like you’ve eaten a giant loaf of meat.
p.s. Seriously, does anyone have a more appetizing name suggestion? We’d really love to give these a name worthy of their deliciousness.
Recipe inspired by and adapted from Smitten Kitchen Cookbook