Thursday, February 16, 2017

Meat "muffins" with an out of the box way to roast potatoes

Last night, I had an idea as I was making dinner. You know how that happens, sometimes. You are doing something and then this idea POPS into your head. It must immediately be tried to see if it will work? That was last night. I was making meatloaf in regular muffin tin and had more filling than I had holes. LOL! So out comes another pan, yet I didn't have enough mixture to fill all 12 cups. Normally, I just spaced out the filling and add some water in the empty cups. Yet this time, my brain said "what if".  The potatoes for dinner still needed to be done. Mashed was going to be the way this time, although I hadn't started boiling the water. I noticed when I looked at the cooking time that it was only 22-25 minutes. WHAT?!? WAIT! Meatloaf usually takes close to an hour, maybe 45 minutes when divided into smaller loaves. DUH! These were "smaller loaves", well cups or son actually called them "meat muffins". LOL! So it makes sense that it took half of the cook time. FABULOUS! Except...that's not enough time to boil potatoes and get them mashed. my brain's "what if" made my hands start working. I cubed the potatoes and tossed them with some oil and seasonings, then filled the holes with them.
The oven was going to be set on 400 degrees, which is the temp that I roast potatoes. So this was going to be AWESOME if it works. You see, I don't have a Double Oven. As much as I would like to have one, I don't. 😔 This means, that usually, something like roasted potatoes were not able to be done with Meatloaf or other things in a large pan, because there was no room in the oven. Yes, there is the second rack. However, that doesn't always work well for me. Now that THIS works - OH MY! - it made me sooooo happy. Let's face it, as much as I love mashed potatoes, they are way better for me roasted. I'm saving calories plus fat not having the cream and butter in the mix. 😉 AND there were leftovers for lunch which is always a plus, so my husband doesn't spend $12 going out to eat.

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Recipes for both recipes

  • 2½ lbs. lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs or panko
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup Garden Guacamole Starter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 TBSP Spinach and Herb Mix 
  • 4 red potatoes
  • 2 TBSP Roasted Garlic Infused Oil
  • 1 TBSP Onion Onion
  • 1 TBSP Garlic Garlic
  • 1 tsp Seasoned Salt  


  • 1 TBSP  Garden Guacamole Starter
  • 2 TBSP ketchup 
  • shredded Parmesan Cheese  

  • Preheat oven to 400°. In large bowl, combine first six ingredients; blend well. Evenly divide into 2 ungreased 12-count muffin pans. (remember one will only have 6 filled). Cube potatoes and place in a bowl adding the last oil and seasonings on top and mixing well. Fill the other 6 cups. Bake 22-25 minutes.

    OPTIONAL: top meat and/or potatoes with Parmesan Cheese, mix the few TBSPs of ketchup and Garden Guacamole Starter together to top meat and bake another few minutes until cheese melts.


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