Sometimes I try to come up with creative recipes to test on my family. I’m not the best cook in the kitchen, but I love the satisfaction of my son gobbling up a meal and the simple words… “Aw Mom, awesome!” I have made meatloaf for years, in fact, it was the first meal I made as a newlywed. I will never forget the look on his face when I scooped out a mush of meat and plopped it on his plate. Secretly, I was wondering why the meat wasn’t in a pretty neat loaf like the picture in my Betty Crocker cookbook, but had no idea I had made a big mess up. I thought 1 pound ground meat, actually meant baking the meat first. Yep, I cooked the meat before baking the loaf. Even though it was disgusting, Mr. Awesome ate the crumbly loaf with a smile. I think he secretly told my mom what happened, because the next day, I had a meatloaf 101 lesson.
I found this adorable meatloaf recipe on a fun cooking blog, Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy. You can make these “meatloaf cupcakes” for April Fools Day! Succulent and flavorful little “cakes” of meat with a rich and buttery mashed potato “icing” piped on top. Are they not adorable? Are they not brilliant? They are! They are! Now, let me tell you how they came to be.”
You can read more about these delightful meaty cakes here.
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