What could be cuter than a gluten-free Lil' Meatloaf?
(I could list a few things, but let's get with the cooking right?)
I love this non-traditional meatloaf.
It doesn't seem so "meatloaf-y".
You can use ground turkey in place of the hamburger, but it will turn out a little dry. I prefer to just use lean (93%) hamburger, and they turn out great.
My three year old likes to eat them cheeseburger style on a bun, or you can serve with mashed potatoes and reminisce about dinners at your grandma's house. I love dinners like that.
These lil' meatloafs freeze really well, just before baking wrap individually in plastic wrap and freeze. When ready to use, thaw, top with the sauce and bake. Easy-peasy.
I learned from Giada on the Food Network, when making anything with hamburger it's important to mix all the other ingredients together first and then add the hamburger so the meat doesn't get tough. It's a great tip.
Gluten Free Lil' Meatloaf
3/4 cup milk
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup gluten free oats
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 t. salt
1 lb lean ground beef
2/3 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 t. mustard
In a mixing bowl, beat the egg and milk. Stir in the cheese, oats, onions, and salt. Add ground beef and mix well. (I usually use my hands, scrub up!) Shape into 8 small loaves; place side-by-side in a greased 8x8 baking dish.
Combine ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard; spoon over loaves. Bake, uncovered at 350 for 45 minutes until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160.