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These are pretty yummy and can be made with any sort of meatloaf – whether meat or vegetarian or vegan. I made this up from things I thought would be in real meatloaf – without the meat – even though I have never made meatloaf before. I know real meatloaf recipes usually require eggs but I was determined to make this vegan WITHOUT making a run to the store for special ingredients. I whipped the resulting “meat” into a puree in my food processor – because I wanted it to be as authentic seeming as possible. So many vegan meatloaf recipes result in evident rolled oats & other visible ingredients that would tip off to a meat eater that they were getting something “healthy.”
My only warning about these is that they were a tad hard to get out of the cupcake pan because they were very soft & moist. That is a good thing for eating but a bad thing for presentation so – simply remedy! Use paper or foil cupcake liners. Or maybe let them cool a bit before trying to move them but the paper liners seem foolproof – so I recommend very highly that you use them.
This recipe made 7 cupcakes and two of them filled me to capacity for dinner. So – I would guess this recipe safely feeds three as a main course – with maybe a side veggie. Use my Vegan Sriracha Mashed Potatoes recipe HERE or whatever mashed potato recipe you prefer – or try mashed cauliflower!
Vegan Meatloaf Cupcakes
1 lb meatless ground beef
1-2 TBS olive oil
5 celery stalks – diced
1 onion – diced
1 jalapeno – seeded & diced (optional)
4 garlic cloves – chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley – chopped
2 tsp dry oregano
1 tsp pepper
Salt to taste
1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce or tamari
1 TBS sriracha
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 BBQ sauce
2 TBS Dijon mustard
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dry sage
Extra ketchup or BBQ sauce as a glaze
Scallions & sriracha as garnish
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Make your MASHED POTATOES. Set aside.
Heat the olive oil over medium heat & saute the onions & celery until soft. Then – pretty much add all the other ingredients & blend together.
If you are using cupcake liners – you can just start shoving this meatloaf into the cupcake pan. Either way – you might choose to do what I did – which was puree this shit in a food processor.
I really recommend using cupcake lines but, if you do not, grease the cupcake pan with cooking spray & put the meatloaf in the pan. Top each with a little ketchup or BBQ sauce & bake for about 30 minutes. When they have cooled a bit – pop those bad boys out & top with mashed potatoes. I left mine like this & reheated them for about 20 minutes at 350 when I was ready to eat. If you are rearing to go – top those potatoes with sriracha & some chopped scallions. Settle in & eat them all if you want. Then – in a food coma – navigate your ass to www.BathingBook.com and buy my book! Read the reviews! IT IS A HILARIOUS book – I promise!