Why let meatloaf take more than an hour in the oven when you can make individual-sized "meatloafies" that cook in a fraction of the time? This particular recipe is a family favorite. Start with very lean ground beef, and add grated onion and apple to ensure the lower-fat version is never dry. Individual meat loaves may be frozen either unbaked or after baking.
  • 2 lb ground sirloin
  • 1 to 1½ cups herb-seasoned stuffing mix (shreds, not cubed)
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
  • 1 small to medium onion, grated or finely minced
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ to ¾ cup ketchup
  • 1½ teaspoons dried thyme

Preheat oven to 350˚F. For easiest cleanup, line a jelly roll or half-sheet pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, making sure the lining comes up the sides of the pan.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, and stir gently just until combined. Don’t squeeze the mixture; too much compression makes a tough result.

Form the mixture into 6 to 8 oval “loafies”. Wet hands with cool water to keep it from sticking to your hands. Space the individual loaves on the baking sheet.

Bake 25-30 minutes, until cooked through. Check the internal temperature: it should be 160-165 for mini loaves. Let them rest 5 minutes before serving. You’ll want to let them cool completely to get nice even slices for the best meatloaf sandwiches.

 

a note on the stuffing mix

My grandmother used stale bread soaked in milk; my mom used cracker crumbs. I’ve found the best shortcut ever is to use herb-seasoned stuffing mix – basically irregular shreds of bread, dried, with herbs.

 

about freezing

This is a great meatloaf & it freezes well in baked or unbaked state. To freeze unbaked, place the shaped loafies on their pan directly into the freezer, loosely covered with waxed paper. When they are completely frozen, put in a zip-top freezer bag, label and date. Best used within 6 months. To bake from frozen: add 15 minutes cooking time (at least) and rely on your instant-read thermometer to know when they are completely cooked.

 

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1 Response

  1. Thanks, Maurita! The stuffing mix is a great idea!

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