Friday, March 5, 2010

Cupcakes For Dinner?!?

Meatloaf & Mashed Potato Cupcakes - 4

When I told my girls we were going to have cupcakes for dinner, they just looked at me like I was crazy. Is this really our mom? When they were finally convinced that aliens hadn't come down and switched me for a new mom, and that we were indeed going to have cupcakes for dinner, they were soooo excited! My rank quickly rose to "best mom". That rarely happens.

Little did they know I had a trick up my sleeve. Yes, we were going to have cupcakes - meatloaf and mashed potato cupcakes!!

Besides making your kids happy, I think these would work great at a dinner party as an appetizer. Can you imagine the reaction you'll get from your friends? This Sunday would be a perfect time to try it out if you're planning on having an Oscar Party.

Start out with your favorite meatloaf recipe. If you don't have one, feel free to use mine.

Combine ground beef, eggs, grated onion and carrots, bread pieces soaked in water, ketchup, dijon mustard, salt & pepper.


Mix it all up and scoop it into cupcake cups. I used gold foil - perfect for an Oscar party!!


To make the glaze on top, I mixed ketchup, dijon mustard, worcester sauce and brown sugar.


Spoon on top of each cupcake and cook in the oven until done.


While you are waiting for your cupcakes to cook, you can start on the icing - the mashed potatoes. Normally I'm pretty lazy when it comes to mashed potatoes and just use a potato masher to mash them up. This time though I wanted them extra smooth without any lumps. For this I had to bring out the potato ricer - the key to getting super smooth potatoes.


Once everything is done, It's time to put the icing on the cupcakes. If you have cake decorating supplies on hand (doesn't eveybody??), this would be the time to take out your pastry bags and a large tip. I used the 1M tip but if you don't have any of this, just use a ziploc bag. You'll just need to cut one of the corners.

Pipe the potatoes onto your cupcakes, and there you have it - meatloaf and mashed potato cupcakes!!

Meatloaf & Mashed Potato Cupcakes - 3

Dig in...

Meatloaf & Mashed Potato Cupcakes - 2

Let me know how it goes if you end up trying it this weekend.


Unknown said...

OK, I'm bookmarking this for the next party I plan. I can see so many variations on this. Thanks TCG

Elle said...

I love, love, love this idea! I cant wait to try it - makes me wanna have a get together just to impress folks!! LOL

Unknown said...

What about ground lamb? I just have to figure out how to top it off? Mint sauce? Any ideas?

citygirl - Stacey said...

Please do let me know if you try it!!

You can make so many variations in potatoes so for lamb, I would maybe try rosemary mashed potatoes. Rosemary and lamb go really well together.

For a different color, I would try sweet potatoes or even butternut squash. Come to think of it - what about purple Peruvian potatoes? That would be cool!!

natasha said...

looks great...who would have thought mashed potatoes as I'm very willing to try it out, any thoughts on vegan recipes???

citygirl - Stacey said...

Natasha, thanks for asking. I will be coming up with different versions of these guys and will definitely include a vegan variety.

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