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Fast-food-inspired beef bites for all tastes

The fast-food flavours of this recipe will whet any kid’s palate, and adults will appreciate how fast the mini loaves cook compared to regular meat loaf.

For a wholesome meal that is ready when you are, make them ahead and freeze some mini meat loaves.

Wrap each cooled meat loaf separately in plastic wrap or foil, then freeze for up to three months.

When you’re ready to serve then, thaw the meat and heat them in the microwave in just minutes.

1. In bowl, combine beef, egg, 125 ml (1/2 cup) of the cheese, onion, breadcrumbs, relish, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix lightly but thoroughly to blend.

2. Lightly spray 12 muffin or custard cups with cooking spray. Divide beef mixture among cups; make indentation in centre of each with the back of a spoon.

3. Fill each with ketchup, dividing amount evenly among cups. Sprinkle each with remaining cheese, dividing equally.

4. Bake in a 190 C (375 F) oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a digital rapid-read thermometer inserted into meat portion of each reads 71 C (160 F).


• 750 g (1 1/2 lb) extra lean or lean ground round, chuck or sirloin

• 1 egg, beaten

• 250 ml (1 cup) shredded cheddar cheese

• 1 small finely shredded onion

• 50 ml (1/4 cup) dry bread-crumbs

• 30 ml (2 tbsp) each burger relish and prepared mustard

• 1 ml (1/4 tsp) each salt and pepper

• 125 ml (1/2 cup) ketchup

The Canadian Press/ Canada Beef, this recipe was Adapted by Emily Richards, for metro english canada. Emily is a professional home economist, cookbook author and tv celebrity chef. for more, visit

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