I don't know what it is but I love little foods. If I had the time I just might make mini versions of everything we eat!
This is one of my families favorite mini-dinners. Salad boats, twice baked redskin potatoes, and mini meatloaves.. or meat muffins as we like to call them here.
Our first course is the salad boats. Not only are these a mini version of a salad but they're a finger food too!
These are the easiest little salads ever. Just use romain hearts broken off at the stem. Lay them out and then add your favorite salad toppings -- salad boats!
Twice Baked Redskins
First, wash the desired amount of mini redskin potatoes. Then poke small holes in each potato and bake until they are done through.
After the redskins have baked once, let them cool and then cut off the top and bottom. Cutting the bottom off allows the potatoes to sit steady on the baking sheet.
Mix the potato pulp with seasonings, sour cream, and shredded cheddar cheese. The amounts you use will all depend on the amount of potatoes you cook. For 12 redskins I used a tablespoon of sour cream and a half cup of mild shredded cheddar cheese and seasonings to taste.
I like to use a gallon size ziplock bag for piping the potato mixture into the cored potatoes. Just fill up one corner and snip off the end and ta-da -- instant piping bag. I do my deviled eggs this way too.
Fill the cored potatoes and add extra cheese on top. Then bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes.
Individual cheesy potato goodness!
Mini Meatloaves (aka Meat Muffins)
Ahhh meatloaf. Some like it some hate it. Personally I think that if you don't like it you just haven't found the right recipe yet. Meatloaf is so personalized that everyone has their own recipe for it. You might just not have liked the recipe you were forced to eat as a kid.
Mine is the best! But I'm bias I guess. I use the recipe off the back of the Lipton's beefy onion soup mix box with some changes. I use ground up Ritz crackers for my bread crumbs and I also use about a cup more than the recipe calls for.
When I make meatloaf I like the edges that have cooked against the pan. This was why I came up with using the muffin tin. Every meat muffin has the cooked edges. That way everyone can have an edge piece.
I also really like these because they can be personalized. My mom doesn't like the cooked ketchup on top so hers can be made with out it.
If you like meatloaf then you are in for a treat. If you don't, I think you should give this recipe a try... It's delicious!
I hope you liked my mini dinner.. I in fact enjoyed it a little too much for my own good!