Good Eats Meatloaf (also Meatloaf Cupcakes)

Recipe from Alton Brown, Food Network

Meatloaf Cupcakes with Corn on the Cob
Meatloaf Cupcakes with Corn on the Cob

INGREDIENTS

6 ounces garlic-flavored croutons
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 onion, roughly chopped
1 carrot, peeled and broken
3 whole cloves garlic
1/2 red bell pepper
18 ounces ground chuck
18 ounces ground sirloin
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 egg
*Optional: 2 Serrano peppers, diced

FOR THE GLAZE:

1/2 cup catsup
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Dash hot pepper sauce
1 tablespoon honey

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a food processor bowl, combine croutons, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and thyme. Pulse until the mixture is of a fine texture. Place this mixture into a large bowl. Combine the onion, carrot, garlic, and red pepper (and serrano pepper) in the food processor bowl. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped, but not pureed. Combine the vegetable mixture, ground sirloin, and ground chuck with the bread crumb mixture. Season the meat mixture with the kosher salt. Add the egg and combine thoroughly, but avoid squeezing the meat.

For a full loaf:
Pack this mixture into a 10-inch loaf pan to mold the shape of the meatloaf. Onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, turn the meatloaf out of the pan onto the center of the tray.

For meatloaf “cupcakes”:
Coat large muffin tin (mine are 3 1/2 inches in diameter) with non-stick cooking spray.  Scoop mixture in 1/3 cup increments, and form a smooth disc in your hands before putting it into muffin tin.  Recipe makes approx 12 meatloaf cupcakes.

Insert a temperature probe at a 45 degree angle into the top of the meatloaf. Avoid touching the bottom of the tray with the probe. Set the probe for 155 degrees.

Combine the catsup, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce and honey. Brush the glaze onto the meatloaf after it has been cooking for about 10 minutes.  (For cupcakes, scoop 1 Tablespoon of glaze onto each patty.)

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