Monday, September 29, 2008

Meatloaf Cut-Outs

You have not lived until you have eaten meatloaf... in the shape of an angel. This was a wildly successful dinner for Abby, but taught me that I should maybe expand my cookie cutter collection beyond Christmas-themed cutters!

Meatloaf Cut-Outs
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 15-20 minutes

1 lb ground beef
2 slices of bread, pulsed into fresh bread crumbs
1 egg + 1 egg white
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp mustard
onion powder, salt, and pepper

Preheat the oven to 425F, and lightly coat a 9x13" baking pan with non-stick spray. In a bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, egg white, tomato paste, and mustard. Add onion powder, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix until very well combined.

Spread the meat in a thin, even layer across the 9x13" pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cooked through. Remove from oven and blot off grease with paper towels, if needed. Let the meatloaf cool for a few minutes, and then cut out shapes with cookie cutters.

Mom and Dad can eat the scraps, or else chop them up fine to use in a meat sauce for pasta, sloppy joes, etc. Abby had a fun time picking out her shapes and ate up her whole plate. Obviously, you can use your own favorite recipe for meatloaf in making this!

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