Easy recipes for caravanners: Muffin Meatloaves

By: Lynn Bain, Photography by: Ellen Dewar


This handy recipe is not only full of flavour but it also makes leftovers a breeze.

Easy recipes for caravanners: Muffin Meatloaves
Muffin Meatloaves

While they may be full of tasty, savoury flavour, you’ll find these little meatloaves look very much like iced cupcakes.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: Approx. 20 minutes

The following quantity will make 10 meatloaves.

Handy Hint 1: You could halve the quantities used in this recipe, however, I have found many uses for any leftover meatloaves. Most of these uses hark back to my childhood when leftovers were merely an idea for the next meal. For example, only ‘ice’ as many meatloaves as you require. Use some of the leftover meatloaves crumbled into a few beaten eggs and cooked for a variation of plain scrambled eggs. Perhaps slice up some of the leftover meatloaves for a great meatloaf and tomato sauce sanger for lunch. You could also use the meatloaves as the patty for a quick and succulent hamburger or slider. Try using any leftover potato mash for a sauteed golden brown potato cake to have with your breakfast bacon and eggs or grilled tomato.  

Handy Hint 2: You can substitute sweet potato mash for the potato. Also try using either celeriac or parsnips as either part or all of your mash.

Handy Hint 3: Perhaps substitute pork, chicken or lamb for the beef mince.

Handy Hint 4: Try the herb of your choice in these meatloaves. For example, rosemary with lamb mince, thyme with chicken mince or sage with pork mince.

Handy Hint 5: Sprinkle either chopped chives or a little dried chilli flakes over the top of the mash ‘icing’ for a realistic cupcake look.

Ingredients:

  • 3 potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 750g beef mince
  • 1 small onion, very finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 heaped tbsp rolled oats
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper

Method:

Preheat your oven to 350F/180C. In a medium sized saucepan, cover the potato with lightly salted cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until the potato is just tender. The smaller you cube the potato the faster it will cook.

In a bowl, combine the mince, onion, garlic, rolled oats, egg and parsley. Mix together well. Line the muffin cups with muffin papers or just spray with non-stick cooking spray. Divide the mixture evenly into the cups.

Bake the meatloaves for 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Meanwhile, mash the potatoes with the milk, butter, salt and pepper until smooth. Then, ‘ice" the meatloaves with the mashed potato as you would a cupcake.  Sprinkle with chopped chives and/or chilli flakes.

You could serve these iced meatloaves with some steamed greens.

The full feature appeared in Caravan World #565. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!