Muffin Pan Meatloaf


In the enchanting realm of gastronomy, where innovation and tradition coalesce, we unveil a symphony of flavors that will awaken your taste buds: the Muffin Pan Meatloaf. Step aside, ordinary meatloaf, for we embark on an adventure of culinary creativity and embrace the delightful charm of bite-sized indulgence. With a unique medley of ingredients and an unconventional approach, this recipe promises to leave a lasting impression on your palate. So, gather your aprons, don your chef’s hat, and let’s begin our culinary symphony.


  • 1 lb ground beef (preferably 80% lean)
  • 1 cup finely grated zucchini (excess moisture squeezed out)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

Step by Step Symphony:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a standard 12-cup muffin pan with a touch of culinary finesse, ensuring each cup is adequately coated.
  2. In a harmonious culinary dance, combine the ground beef, grated zucchini, chopped red bell pepper, and diced onions in a large mixing bowl. Allow the flavors to intermingle, creating a crescendo of deliciousness.
  3. In a separate small bowl, conduct a delightful melody by whisking together the Panko breadcrumbs, milk, lightly beaten egg, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, dried thyme, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper. Witness the harmonious symphony of flavors as they come together.
  4. Pour the breadcrumb mixture into the beef and vegetable ensemble, ensuring a harmonious blend. Be gentle, for we desire a tender and cohesive texture.
  5. Now, for a delightful twist in this culinary sonata, add the shredded cheddar cheese to the mixture. The cheese’s rich melody will perfectly complement the savory notes of the meatloaf.
  6. With a culinary conductor’s precision, divide the mixture equally among the greased muffin cups. Gently press down, ensuring an even distribution and avoiding any off-key notes.
  7. As we approach the final movement, place the muffin pan in the preheated oven. Allow the meatloaves to bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C).
  8. Once the meatloaves have reached the perfect crescendo of tenderness and flavor, remove them from the oven. Let them rest for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to resonate and harmonize.
  9. The grand finale: Garnish each meatloaf with a sprinkle of fresh parsley, adding a delightful splash of color to the ensemble.
  10. Serve your Muffin Pan Meatloaf with an accompaniment of your choice – be it a symphony of steamed vegetables, a concerto of mashed potatoes, or a serenade of buttery dinner rolls.


The Muffin Pan Meatloaf stands as a testament to the brilliance of culinary innovation. This symphony of flavors brings together the classic meatloaf and the whimsy of bite-sized portions, offering a memorable dining experience that will resonate with both the epicurean and the gourmand. Embrace the uniqueness of this recipe, and let your taste buds savor the delicious harmony of ingredients and cooking techniques. So, take a bow, for you have just conducted a culinary masterpiece!

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