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I headed over to Lucky Super Market recently to take advantage of their Pick 5 and Save sale on selected meat products. Summer is grilling and entertaining season and when I find a sale on meat, I stock up. I went shopping with my twins, which if you have kids, you know is like pushing a cart with a timebomb strapped into it. But they were really good this day. I am thinking the fact that they got to “drive” had something to do with that.
The Pick 5 and Save sale was well signed and all the participating items had stickers on them, making them easy to find. You can view my entire shopping trip on my Google+ Album.
With all these meat products we were in for quite a meal! I decided to freeze the pork roast and pork chops I purchased and make a dinner spread using the ground turkey and ground beef to create Italian Meatloaf and the chicken breast for an Italian Chicken Salad.
I love meatloaf but my kids do not, so I had to think of way to make it fun for them. I wanted to keep it pretty simple, since I knew that the more ingredients I added, the more likely they were to turn up their noses at it. I think chopped peppers and garlic would work great in this meatloaf recipe if you are serving to more adventurous eaters. The other thing I did to make this more kid friendly was to make mini meatloaves in a muffin tin and top them with mashed potato frosting.
To make 12 mini meatloaf muffins you will need:
- 1 1/2 pound mix of ground beef and ground turkey
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 3/4 cup of tomato sauce
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
To make the mashed potatoes for the meatloaf cupcake frosting, peel and cut 2 large potatoes and boil until they can be easily pierced with a fork. Drain and start mashing using a potato masher while adding 1/2 cup of milk, 5 tablespoons of butter and salt and pepper to taste. You will want to mash these up really well as you will be piping them out of a pastry bag for the frosting. If you have a mixer you can use that, but I didn’t feel like getting mine dirty so I just mashed them really well using my potato masher.
You will want to use the biggest tip you can for your pastry bag. Fill up the bag with the mashed potatoes and frost the meatloaf cupcake like you would a normal cupcake.
We also had some chicken salad with our meal using some of the chicken breasts I bought at Lucky Super Market. I threw them on the grill, chopped them up and added them to salad along with some Italian dressing.
We had some of the meatloaf cupcakes leftover and I refrigerated them and heated them up the next day and they tasted just as good. My husband and I thought the Italian Meatloaf Cupcakes were delicious. The addition of the shredded mozzarella cheese just makes the meat so moist. Only one of my three kids ate the entire meatloaf cupcake. One of my twins scraped off all the mashed potato frosting before eating her cupcake. I guess she wasn’t fooled by my frosting.