Cheesy Meat Loaf Minis

Most people cringe at the mention of meatloaf, maybe because we have horrible memories of the greasy, unpalatable version of meatloaf that mother made. This meatloaf is different: you split the recipe into 4 separate loaves so that each individual loaf browns all over and cooks faster; and you cook it on a slotted broiler pan instead of a loaf pan so that all the excess grease drips away instead of the meatloaf swimming in a pool of its own grease.

Meatloaf Minis

2 tablespoons dried parsley

3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 egg, beaten

2 teaspoons minced garlic, or 4 cloves of garlic, minced

¼ cup ketchup

4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, diced

½ cup breadcrumbs

2 pounds ground beef

Prepare a broiler pan by spraying the slotted pan with cooking spray, and lining the bottom pan with foil (to catch the grease and make cleanup easier). Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except breadcrumbs and ground beef. Mix until thoroughly combined. Add breadcrumbs and ground beef, and use your hands to incorporate all ingredients together. Shape into four equal loaves (approx 4 x 2-inch) and place on the broiler pan. Bake at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes or until done.