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This is where I share my kitchen mishaps and successes as I love through food. I hope you find something here that inspires you to do the same and  I'd love to hear about yours.

Mexican Mini Meatloaf

Mexican Mini Meatloaf

It's been a long few days with dog-sitting, an awesome "dance till they kick you out" wedding, and a 12 hour day at work. But I had pulled a bunch of meat out and it was calling to be made into something worth eating. Honestly, I was struggling to think of something and the fridge was of little help. Then I remembered my husband said a week ago how he'd love me to make meatloaf when I go to visit. This is a bit torturous because I ended up making it tonight. I'll try to hold back on how great this one was and I'll play into how little I liked the other two flavors I made at the same time.

For this one though - oh man, it was really tasty!

  • 1 lb ground meat (I used a combo of beef, turkey, and lamb)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sourdough bread, cubed into dime sized chunks
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh shallot, sliced thin
  • 2 teaspoon fresh jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • olive oil for pan
  • salsa and crema for topping

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil in pan on medium high heat. Add garlic, shallots, and jalapeno and saut√© until they soften. Add all ingredients together and mix thoroughly with hands, but be careful not to overmix and make the meat gummy. (I had lamb, so I used it, but if you don't want the bolder taste of lamb, stick to beef, turkey, and chicken.)

Grab enough meat to fit in the palm of your hand - that's all you need for a single serving. Form a mini loaf and place in stoneware baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes or until firm when you press on it (especially if you're using fowl). Top with a dollop of crema (or sour cream) and a spoonful of your favorite salsa.

 

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