It's rewind Wednesday which means I'm pulling up a favorite to see if these Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf Bites are as good today as they were several years ago. I hadn't made them for about a year, so last week I whipped up a batch hoping to freeze a few. Nice try! Kenya, Chloe and their two friends, Frankie and Graham ate an entire batch in less than 15 minutes. It was fun watching them down the full recipe even though it left hubby and I eating leftovers. Next time I'm doubling to make sure I have plenty to go around!
Meatloaf is THE all-American food. I always think of it as the dish that you either love or absolutely hate. I've also seen hundreds of recipes for it and people are extremely passionate about what they think does and doesn't belong inside. My mother must have used an entire bottle of ketchup on hers. I'll refrain from commenting.
My version of meatloaf is perfect for the whole family, but especially for your little one. The best part is they're cooked in mini muffin pans, so they only take 20 minutes to bake. I pack mine with vegetables and since there's no salt or sugary ketchup, I add some cheese which makes every bite taste heavenly. Kenya had such a grin on his face when I gave him his first Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf Bite. He tried to shove the entire thing in his mouth, but luckily I cajoled him into letting me cut it up.
Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf Bites (24 Mini Bites)
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 1/2 Cup onion, chopped
- 1/2 Cup Red Bell Pepper, chopped
- 1/2 Cup Baby Carrots (about 8), chopped
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 Tbsp Worsteshire Sauce
- 1 Tsp italian herbs
- 1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs (whole wheat, preferably)
- 1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese, white or orange, shredded
- 1 Lb. Ground Turkey (93% lean ground meat)
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Spray a nonstick mini muffin tin with vegetable oil cooking spray or grease with oil.
3. Place the zucchini, onions, bell peppers, carrots, and garlic clove into the food processor and pulse until everything is in tiny pieces.
4. Add the egg, worchestershire sauce, herbs, bread crumbs, cheese, and turkey. Pulse until everything is combined.
5. Place about a tablespoon of the meatloaf mixture in the muffin pans and pack down with a spoon.
6. Bake until the mini turkey loaves are cooked through or an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees F, about 20 minutes.
* This recipe can also be baked in a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan and baked for 50 minutes.
To Freeze: After baking, let bites come to room temperature, place in a ziploc bag, label and freeze up to 3 months. When ready, defrost over night in the fridge and place in a 300 degree oven for 5 minutes to reheat.