This is the perfect way to make your meatloaf a little more elegant and refined. Is that possible with meatloaf? The name kind of kills any chance at sophistication, doesn’t it? How about…… Hmmmm. Nope. Can’t think of another name for it.
But it sure is tasty. I make these turkey meatloaf cupcakes every year for April Fools Day. My kids think that its hilarious to have cupcakes for dinner, only to find out(to their delight, of course) that those cupcakes are made of a savory turkey meatloaf and the frosting is actually mashed potatoes.
These meatloaf cupcakes(or muffins, if you’re not too keen on mashed potatoes) start with a ground turkey meatloaf base, loaded up with carrots, onions, parsley. They are glazed with a sweet ketchup sauce and then baked. After they are done they can be topped with a piping of whipped mashed potatoes and a garnish of parsley.
Even though these make an excellent April Fools meal, I like to make them any time of the year. The potatoes served on top of the meatloaf just make it all that more of an easy to eat “all in one” meal. And the meatloaf is killer. Seriously, it’s one of my favorite meatloaf recipes of all time.
I just wish it wasn’t called meatloaf.
But, I guess ‘savory ground turkey mixed with other delicious ingredients that are all smooshed together and baked’ doesn’t really work either.
A few years ago I threw an April Fools dinner party where dinner was all dessert but nothing was as it seemed. For fun and deceptive food ideas, check the post out HERE.
- 1 C. Ketchup
- 1/2 C. Brown Sugar, packed
- 1 T. Olive oil
- 1 C. Onion, diced
- 1 t. Garlic, minced
- 3/4 C. Carrot, grated
- Pepper, to taste
- Kosher salt, to taste
- 2 1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 C. Parsley, chopped
- 1 C. Bread Crumbs
- 1/3 C. Milk
- 1 Egg
- 1 Egg White
- 1 LB. Ground Turkey
- Whipped Mashed Potatoes(for topping, if desired)
- Parsley, for garnishing
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease 6 muffin tins.
- In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and 1 t. of the Worcestershire sauce. Set aside.
- Heat the olive oil in a small skillet and saute the onion, garlic, and carrot until the onion and carrot are soft. Stir in the pepper, salt, and remaining 1 1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce and then transfer the mixture into a large bowl.
- Pour the breadcrumbs, milk, and parsley into the bowl.
- Add in the eggs, turkey, and 2 T. of the ketchup mixture. Mix everything together until well combined(I prefer to use my hands).
- Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions. Form each portion into a ball and pat down into a greased muffin tin, filling the tin with the mixture and leaving the top domed.
- Spoon a bit of the remaining ketchup mixture on top of each muffin and spread evenly. Reserve the remaining sauce to serve along side the meatloaf.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until turkey is fully cooked.
- Remove muffins from tins(I find its helpful to run a knife along the inside of each tin and use a spoon to help lift them out.
- If desired, pipe whipped mashed potatoes on top of each muffin and garnish with a bit of parsley.
- Serve along with the remaining sauce.
*Don't worry about the muffin tins overflowing with grease and the meatloaf shrinking. Using ground turkey means that there is a much lower percentage of fat and it will keep its shape and not shrink noticeably when cooked. *If you use ground beef in place of the turkey, expect it to shrink quite a bit...the muffins will not be as tall and shapely as ones made with ground turkey would be.