Miniature meat loaves have maximum appeal

DINNER TONIGHT

Dinner: Baked in muffin tins and glazed with ginger, these quick-cooking entrees will please anyone with a taste for comfort food.

In The Kitchen

February 17, 2002|By Kristin Eddy | Kristin Eddy,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Cold nights are the best time to cook up most everyone's favorite diner dinner, meat loaf.

The meal gets on the table faster, though, if you make it in miniature, such as these individual meat loaves prepared in large muffin tins.

We'll say this for the leftovers: They are the perfect size for a sandwich.

MENU:

Ginger-glazed miniature meat loaves

Mashed sweet potatoes

Braised Brussels sprouts

Raspberry sorbet with fresh pineapple slices

TIME-SAVING TIPS:

Buy your favorite barbecue, fruit, teriyaki or other seasoned glaze to brush over the meat loaves.

Cook, then freeze, these individual loaves for reheating later or taking to work or school.

Kristin Eddy is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

Ginger-glazed miniature meat loaves

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

1 small yellow onion, minced

1 egg

1/2 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon each: salt, freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup minced parsley

1 pound ground beef chuck

1/2 pound ground pork

GLAZE:

1/4 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground ginger

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Cook onions in a small skillet over medium high heat, 5 minutes. Place egg, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl; beat until well-blended. Stir in cooked onion, parsley and ground meats; blend well.

Place about 1 cup of the meat mixtures in large muffin tins or form into individual mounds on a jellyroll pan. For glaze, combine ketchup, brown sugar and ginger in a small bowl. Brush over tops of meat loaves.

Bake until meat loaves are cooked through and ketchup mixture has formed a glaze, 35 minutes. Loosen sides of meat loaves from muffin tins to remove.

Nutritional information per serving: 290 calories, 49 percent calories from fat, 16 grams fat, 6 grams saturated fat, 115 milligrams cholesterol, 850 milligrams sodium, 13 grams carbohydrate, 23 grams protein, 0.8 grams fiber.

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