Gluten Free Italian Mini Meat Loaves

These gluten free mini Italian meat loaves may look like cupcakes, but they are a savory and delicious dinner idea.

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This easy dinner recipe would have been a perfect April Fool’s joke for my family….but I am often behind the times because it’s already May. These mini meat loaves looked so plain, and quite frankly quite ugly sitting on their plate.

I couldn’t resist making these little meat loaves to look like cupcakes.

I wanted to see what my kids would think. Would they eat it??

This has all of the classic ingredients of a fabulous trick to play on my family.

Vegetables…check.

Hidden sources of nutrition…check.

Looks like a dessert…check.

Taste? Lets not go there yet. Check out these fabulous April Fool’s Day Food Pranks…next year I am planning ahead more to try a few of these out on my family!

(*If you love to hide veggies in your cooking, give these Gluten Free Acorn Squash Caramel Cookies or Gluten Free Butternut Squash Caramel Cake Bars a try!)

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Lets start with the ingredients.

Spring is my favorite time for green garlic. Green garlic is garlic before it the inside cloves become defined. This is usually only available for a couple of months a year. This green garlic is the last of the bunch I got from our CSA. It is almost on the border of being full on garlic, but not quite.

How to make gluten free meat loaf:

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I chopped up the green garlic, added the gluten free panko, egg, fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese.

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Spread it out in a muffin tin to bake.

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Unfortunately, nobody was fooled for long. My son really dug in and enjoyed this new way to eat a meat loaf. My picky one…well, lets just say her teenaged palate was not impressed. More for everyone else who loved them 🙂 .

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Tools You Need To Make This Recipe:

  1. Muffin pan: This is the easiest way to get those cute cupcake shapes for these meat loaves.
  2. Electric mixer: My favorite way to whip up potatoes so they are creamy and fluffy! This is the brand I use. I also like that it has dough hooks and a whisk attachments.
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Gluten Free Italian Mini Meat Loaves

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 157 kcal
Author: Sandi Gaertner

Easy gluten free meat loaf.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds organic grass fed ground beef
  • 1/3 cup gluten free panko
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 bulb fresh green garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add all ingredients.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Take a muffin tin and fill each cup 3/4 full with the meat mixture.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until done.
  6. Optional, serve with mashed potato.

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More Delicious Dinner Ideas!

Looking for a side dish to serve with these Italian Mini Meat Loaves? How about trying these Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Leeks?

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Comments

  1. I adore these little “stacks”. I am a huge meatloaf fan, in any way, shape or from.

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