Friday, January 25, 2013

Fun Food Friday- Little Cheddar Meat Loaves

First off, let me apologize in advance, no adorable assistant today. :) 

These are one of my husband's favorite meal.  I got the recipe from his mom who I believe got it at an Apples of Gold meeting which is a young woman/wise woman :) mentoring program at her church.  They are very simple to make but oh so yummy, my favorite kind of meal!  I made a double batch and froze half, so if you only want to make one batch (eight mini loaves) just half the ingrediants.  However, when I freeze them, I don't put the sauce on top, I just do that right before I bake them, so the ingrediants for the sauce are for one batch.  How's that for confusing. :)  Enjoy!
Ingrediants: Meat Loaves- Ground Beef, Eggs, Milk, Oats, Minced Onion, Salt, Cheddar Cheese,
Sauce- Ketchup, Mustard, Brown Sugar

In a bowl, add 2 eggs and 1 1/2 cup of milk

Beat together

Add 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese...

1 cup quick cooking oats...

1/4 cup minced onions...

and 2 teaspoons salt

Mix together

Add 2 pounds of ground beef

Mix together

Eventually it's just easier to use your hands. 
I hate the feel of ground beef, plus it's really cold, so I always use gloves. :)

Divide the meat in half and the half and then half... so it's easy to get even loaves

Form into mini loaves

Place in greased baking dish

For the sauce (remember, this is just for one batch): combine 2/3 cup ketchup

1 1/2 teaspoons mustard
(I like to use Dijon mustard, it gives it a little kick :))

and 1/2 cup brown sugar

Stir together till well blended
(measuring spoons make great mixing spoons :))

Pour evenly over leaves

Spread sauce around to fully cover the loaves

Unbaked it should look like this

Baked it should look like this. 
(Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes)

Pair it with the Pioneer Woman's Au Gratin potatoes and you have yourself a fabulous meal!

Since no blog of mine is complete with at least one picture of one of my boys... :)  My dinner buddy.
(For those of you trying to figure it out, this is Jonathan :))
Little Cheddar Meat Loaves
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 tsp salt
1 lb ground beef
2/3 cup ketchup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar*
1 1/2 tsp mustard
In a bowl, beat the egg and milk. Stir in cheese, oats, onion and salt. Add beef and mix well. Shape into 8 loaves, place in greased 9x13 baking dish. Combine topping ingredients, spoon over loaves. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
For healthier version substitute 1 TBS honey for brown sugar


  1. We are going to have to try these!And we just had the Pioneer Woman Au Gratin potatoes for the first time this week. Delicious!

  2. I have tried these mini loafs and they are delicious! Good choice for fun food Friday!