Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Topping
These mashed potato topped, bacon-wrapped mini meatloaves are the whole package. Individually sized, perfectly proportioned to give you just the right ratio of meat and potato, and super cute and kid-friendly on top of it all, there’s no craving too big for one or two of these to handle. Make them for dinner tonight! All you really need is bacon and your favorite meatloaf and smooth mashed potato recipes, but if you want specifics, here’s the one that I used!
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 12 slices bacon
- 5 potatoes
- 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Adapted from flycandydc.com
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line your muffin tin with the bacon so that each tin is circled by one strip.
Mix together the beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg, salt, pepper, tomato paste, sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Form the meat into 12 equally sized balls and place them into the bacon-lined muffin tins. Fold the top of the bacon over, if needed.
Pop them into the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the meat is cooked through and the bacon is crisp.
While the meatloaf is cooking, prepare your mashed potatoes.
Dice up the potatoes and boil them in salted water until they’re soft. Drain the potatoes, pop them into a mixing bowl, and mash them with a fork until they’re completely smooth.
Add your butter, cheese, milk, salt, etc and mix until fully combined. Move your mashed potatoes into a piping bag (or a zip-lock with an edge cut off) and save it until the meatloaf is ready.
Once the meatloaf is ready, take them out of the oven, and pipe them with the mashed potatoes!
After they’re all piped, pop them back into the oven, and turn your heat up to 400-500 degrees F. Heat until the tops of the potatoes are golden brown (it should be very quick – no more than 5-6 minutes).
Remove them from the oven, let cool for a bit, and enjoy!
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