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Kids Favorite Meatloaf Recipe

Kids Favorite Meatloaf

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"Bored of 'plain old meatloaf'? We tried a recipe with a twist. All you need is some smaller pans in the shapes of characters, or whatever. The kids love the shapes and rave about the taste!!! Mine like to use Winnie the Pooh. Be creative and have fun."

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Original recipe makes 8 kid-size servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 20 mins

    1 hr 40 mins


  1. In a large bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard and mix well. Remove 4 tablespoons of this mixture and reserve for later for the top of the loaves. To the mixture in the bowl, add the Worcestershire sauce, salt, onion, garlic, egg, milk and ground black pepper and mix together well.
  2. Stir in the wheat cereal squares and let stand for 5 minutes. Then break up the cereal squares and add the ground beef, mixing well. Shape the mixture into the mini loaf pans you've decided to use.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 65 minutes. Brush on reserved ketchup mixture and bake for 15 more minutes.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 18, 2006

This is seriously one of the better meatloaves I've every had. I added one cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, and it tastes just like moms. I used rice chex and was surprised at how many people never heard of using cereal in meatloaf before; it is common in west central PA. I baked it on a cookie sheet and put a small cooling rack on the cookie sheet and the meatloaf on top of that. This way, the grease drips off the meatloaf and onto the cookie sheet (and you can line the sheet with foil for easy clean-up!) I did not reserve any of the ketchup/br. sugar mixture, but mixed it all in and it was very moist and tender. I mixed mustard, ketchup, and worcestershire sauce and spread it on top before I baked it. THANKS FOR THE RECIPE! I'll make this again and again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 19, 2003

This didn't turn out very well for me. It's probably because I was not exactly sure what kind of cereal "crispy wheat cereal squares" are. I used bite sized shredded wheat, but I don't think that was right because they didn't break down very well in the ketchup mixture... could be chex?

Feb 08, 2004

What a great recipe! I made it on April's Fools Day, so I baked it in foil-lined muffin tins and "frosted" it with colored mashed potatoes. I used very little ketchup mixure do to the 'frosting', but it was very tasty so I will use more next time - yum!

Apr 02, 2003

Wonderful. I made it in a regular loaf and it didn't need to cook any longer. I also used 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs instead of the cereal. Will make again.

Oct 09, 2004

This meatloaf sure is a hit!!! I have made this several times over the last year. The only thing I do different is use crushed ritz cracker in place of the wheat chex. My daughter asks me to make it all the time. Thanks for sharing Mike B.!

Nov 13, 2003

This was delicious. The only changes I made were I remove 1/2 tablespoon sugar, I made 11 muffin-size meatloafs instead and I added a slice of boiled egg hidden inside each meatloaf. The adults liked the egg, the kids did not. But everyone agreed that it was delicious. Just don't forget to grease the pan like I did.

Feb 10, 2010

This is the best meatloaf recipe. I make it all the time. I have been told that this is the only meatloaf that is good enough to eat without ketchup. If you are thinking about making meatloaf, make this!

Dec 06, 2002

I'm not crazy about meatloaf - but this smelled great while cooking and tasted even better. The kids loved it too. Thanks Mike.


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  • Calories
  • 334 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.4 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 96 mg
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 23.6 g
  • 36%
  • Fiber
  • 1.6 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 16.3 g
  • 33%
  • Sodium
  • 612 mg
  • 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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