- 1 lb lean ground beef1 small onion
- 1 small green pepper (I use a food processor and almost puree the onion and green pepper - no chunks for kids to see and say they don't like it)
- a splash of milk1 cup plain bread crumbs
- 2 T grill seasoning (I use one that doesn't have a lot of pepper in it. otherwise it gets too spicy)
- 1 C. smokey BBQ sauce (I use Famous Daves Sweet and Zesty)
- 1/2 c. tomato salsa
- 1 T Worcestershire sauce
Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease a 12-muffin tin with oil or use aluminum foil muffin cups (makes cleaning much easier). Place gr. beef in med. Bowl. Add onion and gr. pepper to food processor and chop fine. Add to the meat. Next add milk, bread crumbs and grill seasoning. In a separate, small bowl mix salsa, bbq sauce, and Worcestershire sauce together. Pour half of the mixture into the bowl with the meat and mix well. Using a spoon or a large ice cream scoop, fill muffin tins with meat mixture. Top each meatloaf muffin with a spoonful of reserved sauce. Bake 15-20 min.
Overall rating (graded on a 5 star scale):
- Simplicity: 3.5
- Taste: 4
- Nutrition: 3
Total rating: 3.5 stars
Wendi's report: Firstly, I love JB's food processor. Never used it before but pureeing that pepper and onion was quite fun! Yay for learning something new! And yay for making two meals in one week. Don't think I have ever done that before.
Secondly, I followed the directions perfectly, and overall it was an easy meal to make. Harder than the Tater Tot Casserole but not by much. However, after 20 minutes, the "muffins" were still more like a sloppy joe mixture. I went and checked on Rachel Ray's website and the recipe she lists calls for an egg. So I am not sure if the recipe-submitter on this one accidentally or purposefully left the egg out? I also cooked it about 30 minutes in total to see if it would get more muffin like. And it didn't.
Anyways, the low down was, the "sloppy joe mixture" was that it was quite tasty! We put it on bread and had, well, sort-of-sloppy-joes. Now the boys could not eat this. It was just too messy and it was a little spicy. (Maybe I used the wrong sort of grill seasoning?) Maybe the submitter of this could check back in and give us a rundown on whether I did something wrong with the egg, but the taste was FABULOUS! Very good. John said that you definitely need some sort of "thickening agent" to make them more of muffins and not sloppy joes.
I ended up giving the boys the broccoli and carrots I had made to go with them as well as some bread and blueberries and leftover fish patties from lunch. They seemed satisfied with that.