Despite the bad rap this classic entree sometimes gets, meatloaf found itself atop 2012's food trend list. Although new trends emerged with the dawn of 2013, this comfort dish hasn't disappeared. People around the world continue to reinvent the ever-versatile meal.
I hopped on the meatloaf-loving train last year with my nontraditional Spicy Salsa Meatloaf. The dish tasted incredible, but I somehow managed to forget about the recipe as summer turned to fall, fall turned to winter, and winter turned to spring.
I probably would have never made meatloaf again if Julie Fagan, the blogger behind Peanut Butter Fingers, hadn't posted a picture of a version she made about a month ago. Let's just say it wasn't long before I found myself at the grocery store buying the ingredients for her easy but incredibly satisfying twist on Cooking Light's recipe.
I followed Julie's recipe exactly to make a loaf for my family at home a few weeks ago. When I returned to school and cooking for one, I cut the recipe in half, which made nine muffin-sized meatloaves.
BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
Julie used Bone Suckin' Sauce, but I wanted to try a new-to-me brand called Stubb's. I'd been on the hunt for a brand and flavor without high-fructose corn syrup and finally found a winner in Stubb's Original, All-Natural Bar-B-Q Sauce. It tasted incredible in this recipe and served as inspiration for a few new creations I promise to share soon!
Both the loaf and muffin versions were moist, flavorful and not-at-all boring. The loaf takes about twice as long to cook (about 40-50 minutes), so if you're craving meatloaf but find yourself in a hurry, I'd go the muffin route. They only take 20 minutes to cook.
I ate three minis for dinner with crispy, baked sweet potato fries last week and packed three muffins for lunch with carrots and hummus the next day. I didn't reheat the meatloaves, but they tasted just as good when eaten cold.
You should have seen the strange looks I got from other UF students as I sat on a picnic bench on campus, knife and fork in hand, eating my all-American dinner for lunch. Do you think they were jealous or just confused as to what I was eating? I guess I'll never know.
- Did you eat meatloaf as a kid?
- Have you tried any interesting meatloaf recipes lately? Please share!
Related HGG Posts:
Spicy Salsa Meatloaf
Crispy, Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Chicken and Biscuit for One
Of Possible Interest:
Ethnic Meatloaf Recipes from Best-Meatloaf-Recipes.com
My Favorite Meatloaf from The Pioneer Woman
9 New and Flavorful Meatloaf Recipes from Sophia Venetos of Recipe4Living