Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Fool's Day cupcakes :)))

Today, I cooked these mock cupcakes for April Fool's Day. :) They are really mini meatloaves with mashed potatoes piped for "icing".

Mini meatloaves:
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella or cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp minced dry onion
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped finely
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey, or a combination of both
  • 3-4 tbsps ketchup
  • 1-2 tsps mustard
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly spray a muffin pan- this recipe makes about 10-12 mini meatloaves.

In a large bowl, combine egg, milk, cheese, quick oats, oregano, minced dry onion, garlic, cumin, parsley, black pepper and salt.  Add ground beef/turkey and mix well. (I usually do this part with my hands.)

Evenly divide the meat mixture in muffin pan. In a small bowl, mix ketchup, mustard and sugar.  Evenly divide the glaze over each mini meatloaf.

Bake, uncovered, for about 40 minutes or until meat is done.

Recipe for the mini meatloaves adapted from:

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

3lbs Russet or Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled and quartered
3-4 cloves of garlic, peeled
4 oz cream cheese, softened, cut into small pieces
1/2 stick butter, softened, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste

Bring potatoes and garlic to a boil in a large pot filled with water. Cook for about 25-30 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain. Return to pot. Turn burner on low. Mash potatoes and garlic with a potato masher until they are creamy and with no lumps (whenever my husband is around, I ask him to do that for me, since- let's face it- this is the most labor intensive part of making mashed potatoes :). Turn burner off. Add cream cheese, butter, milk, salt and pepper. Mash until everything is well incorporated.

I wait for the mashed potatoes to cool off a little bit, so I can handle them without burning myself, and then fill them in a pastry piping bag fitted with a star piping tip (I think I used Wilton 2D for this batch). Pipe on top of the baked mini meatloaves to make mock cupcakes. Enjoy!

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