I Went There

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 12, 2010

in beef, simple recipe

You had to know this day was coming.

It took having to get a new oven before it could happen, but Im telling you right now, I went there.

But I have to teach you something first. This is what they call in teacher school “the anticipatory set”. Gets the students excited for what’s to come, even if a lesson has to come first.

One of my favorite things about this season is the endless supply of vegetables to roast. My true love of roasted vegetables runs deep… and none more so than the roasted brussels sprout. There’s something truly magical about taking these


And one of these inhumanly large sprouts


And with a few steps, turning them into this:


So, since Im no longer afraid of taking progress pictures of my food (thank you Challenge 4, have you voted yet??) How to make perfect roasted brussels sprouts in 3 easy steps.

Step One: Cut fresh brussels sprouts in half and lay them cut-side down on a baking sheet.


Step Two: Drizzle the sprouts with about 1 Tb. olive oil, sprinkle with garlic powder, and salt.


Step Three: Roast in a 400*F oven for about 40 minutes, stirring every ten minutes until they look like this:


Then devour.

But, you have to see where I went with dinner tonight. I didn’t just have roasted brussels sprouts (though I could’ve!) I had a request from Adam to make meatloaf muffins… and then I had a thought to make mashed potatoes… and then, this happened.


Yep. I frosted my meatloaf muffin with whipped potatoes. And all was good.

Meatloaf Muffins


* 1 lb. lean ground beef or turkey

* 1 egg

* 3/4 c. rolled oats

* 1 tsp. garlic powder

* 1 tsp. onion powder

* 1/4 c. ketchup


Preheat oven to 375*F. Mix all ingredients together. Press into a muffin tin and bake for about 30 minutes, or until cooked through. Top with whipped potatoes, if desired.

Whipped Potatoes with Pecorino Cheese


* 1 lb. red potatoes, cut into quarters

* 1/2 c. fat free milk

* 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

* 1 tsp. salt

* 1/4 c. grated pecorino cheese


Place the potatoes in a large pot, cover with water, add the salt and bring to a boil. Cook until soft, reserve 1/2 c. of the cooking water, and then drain the potatoes. Mash coarsely, then use a stick blender until nearly smooth. Then, add the milk, cooking water, and cheese, and stir well.

Now, if I could only have a regular cupcake too, everything really would be well.



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Estela @ Weekly Bite October 12, 2010 at 7:26 PM

That is one giant brussels sprout!

And the meatloaf cupcakes are adorable!! My kid would love them!
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Kristina @ spabettie October 12, 2010 at 7:29 PM

wee !! I totally did this in college – meatloaf cupcakes and mashed potato frosting! :) I decorated the frosting with diced red & green pepper (it was holidays, yes…)

great minds think alike… :) um, except for brussels sprouts. I don’t know if I could eat them even doused in cheese sauce.
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Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 12, 2010 at 7:31 PM

You gotta try them roasted!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 12, 2010 at 7:31 PM

You have no idea how much I love you. You frosted your meatloaf muffins with potatoes? You are my soul mate.
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VeggieGirl October 12, 2010 at 7:36 PM

POTATO-FROSTED MEATLOAF MUFFINS???? Now that is just too cool of a presentation.
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Lauren October 12, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Oh my gosh! This is why you will win this thing. I didn’t even think it was possible to make meatloaf this appealing but you my love proved me wrong. Now this is a sure way to get your kids to eat their dinner. Make it into a cupcake. :) Gosh I love you!
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Heather (Heather's Dish) October 12, 2010 at 8:14 PM

i love the meatloaf cupcakes and mashed potato ‘icing’ – genius!
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mom October 12, 2010 at 9:03 PM

that is one huge sprout… muffin madness, daughter!


Rebecca October 12, 2010 at 11:01 PM

I love roasted brussel sprouts, too!
I like to toss the halved brussel sprouts with olive oil, salt, whole mustard seeds, and pepper before I roast them. I also squeeze a little lemon on them after cooking. They are also good if you toss them with tamari and sesame oil before roasting. The best roasted veggie trick, however, is to use parchment paper, so your cookie sheets don’t get burned. However, roasting veggies is a good use of old cookie sheets.


J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 12, 2010 at 11:23 PM

That brussels sprout is HUGE! :shock: I loooooooooove roasted brussels, I have a hard time sharing them, LOL.

Love the muffin meatloaves. :)
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Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 12, 2010 at 11:26 PM

holy hugest brussels sprout ever!

Those whipped potatoes sound heavenly, I need to move in.
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Kristina October 13, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Meatloaf is one of the only things I miss from my meat eating days, and your meatloaf muffins make me ALMOST want to cheat. Almost.

We grow brussel sprouts in our back yard- lots of them. This time of year, we eat them almost daily. Last night, my hubby sauteed them with olive oil, white wine, pecans, and brown sugar. They were amazing. I am going to tell him to make them your way tonight.


Andrea (Off Her Cork) October 13, 2010 at 10:42 AM

I’ve tried so hard to roast brussel sprouts that are fresh and not frozen and have the worst time. I can never get them soft enough! I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong.

Love the meatloaf cupcake! Would be great in mini versions for a cocktail party! :)
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Lara (Thinspired) October 13, 2010 at 11:15 AM

This is genius! I made meatloaf and mashed potatoes (with broccoli, darnit) last night. I thought about making them muffins, but would have never thought to “frost” them with the potatoes! Such a cute idea!
Love the new blog look :)
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Melissa October 13, 2010 at 1:05 PM

What a fun dinner! Meatloaf much taste SO much better when it is baked and frosted like a cupcake! :)
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Jenn at A Girl Who Loves Cupcakes October 13, 2010 at 7:12 PM

I don’t even like meatloaf but that looks SO good, I want to eat it!
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coco October 14, 2010 at 5:18 AM

love love love sprouts!!!
and meatloaf muffin? wooo!!!! I definitely will like that… even more than chocolate muffin! :D
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DianaHayes October 17, 2010 at 9:31 PM

When my husband and I were dating (about 30 yrs ago), I made him meatloaf and mashed potatoes, that he promptly mixed together. I think he’d like the potato topping on yours.


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