Recipe by ELIZABETH 45
"These individual meat loaves are topped with a sweet and tangy sauce. The sausage in this recipe yields a more complex flavor than your standard meat loaf."
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crushed buttery round crackers
grated Parmesan cheese
dried Italian-style seasoning
lean ground beef
packed brown sugar
This was a great recipe for meatloaf. I do have a little tip for those who mentioned the grease. Use 2 disposable pans. Poke small holes in the bottom of 1 pan along the sides, then place that pan inside the other disposable pan that has a small ball of foil in the bottom (so the bottom of the top pan won't rest on the bottom of the second). As the meat cooks, the grease will drain down into the second pan, leaving the first one, and the meatloaf, fat free. Works for me.
I had high hopes considering all of the rave reviews. The beef/sausage combination gives a nice texture, but the taste is rather bland, Without the sauce, it has little flavor. I may stick with the meat combination, and add green peppers, diced tomatoes, and some minced garlic to enhance the Italian seasonings of this recipe the next time I make meatloaf. Adding some of the sauce to the loaves may help also.
I followed some of the other reviewers suggestions and used shredded cheese. I also added a little more italian seasoning. I cut back on the sugar, and used a mix of bbq sauce and ketchup for the topping. Tasted great. My 15 year old daughter, who claims not to like meatloaf, liked it. It's always helpful to read the reviews for ideas! Thanks everyone :)
Hmm...I rarely leave a bad review, however I found that the addition of sausage left me with little pans of grease. I put each into mini loaf pans, however the grease filled the bottoms of each one. Perhaps if I had shaped loaves and place them all into a 9x13 pan like the recipe said, maybe the outcome would have been different (honestly I don't think so though). Also, the flavor of the sausage was so overwhelming, that the flavor of the parmesan/ritz crackers (which I love in food) was completely covered.
Great meat loaf, but lean ground beef (or better yet, ground venison) is essential. Otherwise the loaves are too fatty because of the sausage.
Oh my gosh -- my kids just love these! They call them "mini-meat lumps" and everybody is happy when these are on the menu. We love them for lunch the next day, sliced and made into sandwiches with some of the leftover bbq sauce spread on the meat.
I WAS REALLY DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS ONE. THE SAUCE WAS WAY TOO KETCHUPY AND BARBEQUE TASTING. THE MEAT LOAVES WERE INCREDIBLY GREASY, AND I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE FLAVOR AND TEXTURE.
Good recipe. This was a real pleaser at my supper table.Use lean ground meat and use the 9x13 pan. I only used ketchup on top. Yum Yum!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Little Meat Loaves
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 345
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