As you can see, I got a little carried away with the "icing!" The kids couldn't believe we were having cupcakes with plenty of pink icing for supper!! Really, it's shepherd's pie. Just make your favorite meatloaf recipe and top it with colored mashed potatoes. Easy as pie. Yes, pun intended.
We had special guests today for our meal... see the table full of adorable children enjoying their dessert supper! Yes, Dash is attempting to eat his drink with a straw. I told them I was serving green Kool-aid with supper. Unheard of. I don't even make Kool-aid. Really, it was sugar-free jello, which turned out to be Little Lad's favorite part of the meal. A friend told me about this idea, and then I saw it on Family Fun, too, when looking up the cupcakes.
I should point out that I served lots of veggies, too, and then made big real brownies for dessert, so as not to disappoint the sweet tooth! ;-)
I made enough for 10+ people...
|5 pound lean ground chuck (ground turkey is often too heavy for meatloaf)|
|1 cup Tabouli wheat (or you can use bread crumbs or oats as a healthy filler)|
| 3 T Worcestershire sauce |
|3 T ketchup|
|1/2 t salt|
| 1/2 teaspoon pepper |
optional things that I used: 1/2 chopped onion, 1/2 chopped bell pepper, 3 finely chopped garlic cloves, 1/2 t Italian seasoning
| lots of mashed potatoes, sorry I just peeled and peeled and didn't pay much attention |
Mash with 1 c fat free sour cream, some milk, margarine, cheese, salt and pepper.
2. In a large bowl, mix together all of the meat loaf ingredients until well combined. Divide the mixture evenly among the lined cups (the liners should be about three quarters full). We had enough to make two "cakes" as well.
3. Place the filled muffin tins on cookie sheets and bake the cupcakes for about 15 minutes or until cooked through. Cakes take longer, of course.
4. Mash potatoes with extra ingredients (don't forget the food coloring,) and spread a generous dollop on each cupcake. Makes plenty! Enjoy!