Heart Shaped Mini Meat Loaf

These hearty loaves were moist and satisfying yet, very elegant… 😉

These meatloaves were made for the kids on Valentine’s Day and I finally got to post it today.

I added baked squash puree, and it created moist meat loaves that the whole family loved…yeah~except Sheena.

Today’s Recipe

1 pound ground beef

1/3 cup baked squash puree

1/3 – 1/2  cup bread  crumbs

1/4 cup milk

1 egg

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4  teaspoon Italian seasoning

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped

Salt & Pepper

1/4 cup Ketchup

2 tablespoons additional Parmesan cheese

To make squash puree….

Cut squash in half lengthwise and and scrape out the seeds. Roast the halves on baking sheet, flesh-side down, in an oven at 400 F for 45-50minutes. Scoop out the flesh and puree in a food processor or blender for about 2 minutes. Left over squash can be measured into 1/2 cup portions, place in small zipper-lock plastic bags and freeze them for future use.

You can add the puree in burgers, meatballs, casserole ..just about anything. My kids won’t know the difference.

To make meatloaf..

In a large bowl, mix the bread crumbs, milk, egg, cheese, red pepper flakes,Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic,onion, salt and pepper. Gently mix well.

Add puree and ground beef. Gently mix well.

Divide into six portions.

Shape into six individual heart-shaped loaves and place on a baking pan.

Spread ketchup over the loaves;

Sprinkle with cheese and Italian seasoning.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until no pink remains.

Remove from the pan and serve warm.

It turned out to be a very pretty dish…



6 thoughts on “Heart Shaped Mini Meat Loaf

    MY favorite, well actually, any kind of meat I like is my favorite!!!! :)
    Looks great kkokko!!!

  2. This recipe was fantastic! I omitted the squash, because I didn’t have any, and to ensure they weren’t dry I added a couple tablespoons of chicken stock (I’m sure beef stock would have worked just as well if I had some handy) and a few extra splashes of Worcestershire sauce. I also omitted the pepper & pepper flakes because I have picky eaters who don’t like spice. I made them heart shaped for valentine’s day and they were delicious and moist! They were perfect! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  3. You’re Welcome Canada18,
    Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave such a fantastic comment! So glad to hear your meat loaf turned out great. :)

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