These gluten free mini Italian meat loaves may look like cupcakes, but they are a savory and delicious dinner idea.
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.
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!
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:
I chopped up the green garlic, added the gluten free panko, egg, fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese.
Spread it out in a muffin tin to bake.
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:
- Muffin pan: This is the easiest way to get those cute cupcake shapes for these meat loaves.
- 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.
Gluten Free Italian Mini Meat Loaves
Easy gluten free meat loaf.
- 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
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, add all ingredients.
Take a muffin tin and fill each cup 3/4 full with the meat mixture.
Bake for 20 minutes until done.
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?