Quick: think of all the adjectives you can use to describe meat loaf. Is "fun" one of them? I didn't think so! But the truth is this traditional comfort food is one of the easiest meals to make on a budget and won't send you on a wild-goose chase to the grocery store in search of exotic spices or ingredients.
Still, it can get quite annoying having to hear your kids moan and groan when you produce that predictable loaf pan. So why not turn it into a healthy Halloween treat?
This awesome recipe for Mummy Meat Loaves comes to you courtesy of Woman's Day. If you have a muffin pan and don't mind getting a little creative with your food, you'll have a blast putting these cuties together. I will admit that I substituted the original recipe's mashed potato mummy wrapping for white cheddar cheese for two good reasons: I don't own a pastry bag and became intimidated by the thought of having to make perfect straight lines with potatoes and my toddler is in a no-milk-drinking phase so I like to throw her a calcium curveball whenever possible.
That said, I would suggest sticking with potatoes and having more courage that I did. The recipe also calls for homemade mashed potatoes, which are pretty simple to make and taste worlds better than the boxed kind, but I've heard of others using instant mashed potatoes because who has the time? Whatever you do, don't forget the grape tomato innards -- every mummy needs a gory red heart!
Mummy Meat Loaves
- 3/4 pound(s) white or yellow potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-in. pieces
- Kosher salt and pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cups panko or plain bread crumbs
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, coarsely grated
- 3/4 pounds ground beef
- 1/2 pounds ground pork
- 12 grape tomatoes
- 3/4 cups lowfat sour cream
- 24 ounces peas, thawed
- Heat oven to 375°F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with foil liners. Place the potatoes in a pot, add enough cold water to cover and bring to a boil. Add 1 tsp salt, reduce heat and simmer until just tender, 15 to 18 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the eggs, ketchup, Worcestershire, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper; stir in the bread crumbs. Add the garlic and carrot and mix to combine. Add the beef and pork and mix just until incorporated. Divide the meat mixture among the foil liners and push a tomato into the center of each one. Transfer to the oven and roast until a thermometer inserted into the meat registers 155°F, 14 to 16 minutes.
- Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Add the sour cream and 1/4 tsp salt and mash until very smooth. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-in. ribbon tip (Wilton 104). Transfer the meat loaves to a platter and pipe the potatoes back and forth over each top to resemble a mummy's wrapping. Place 2 peas on each for eyes.
Yum -- enjoy!
Image Via Lisa Fogarty