Mini Football Meatloaves Recipe

    mini football meatloaves

    This mini meatloaf recipe is a charming and tasty dish to serve up at your next football watch party. This hearty dish is decorated to look like footballs, adding tons of festivity to your gathering.

    While you may not instantly think of meatloaf for mouthwatering game day grub, this re-invented mini meatloaf recipe is sure to change your mind.

    The meatloaves are incredibly flavorful and, more importantly, perfectly moist. This isn’t the dried meatloaf recipe from the ’50s that makes you want to cringe.

    To create the football design, these mini meatloaves need to be shaped into ovals like footballs are. They’re then brushed with a no added sugar ketchup and baked in the oven until they’re cooked through.

    Once the meatloaves have finished baking, they’re decorated with mozzarella string cheese pieces to create the football “lace” design on top. The best part about this recipe is that because this is a mini meatloaf recipe, you don’t have to worry about cutting this meatloaf up into smaller servings for family and friends.

    Simply place the mini meatloaves on a tray and leave them out next to any other game day eats you’re serving for easy serving and enjoyment.

    For more game day eats, check out our recipe for ham and cheese sliders and jalapeno poppers!


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    1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease with cooking spray.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, tomato sauce, egg beaters, oats, and dry onion soup mix. Use a spoon or your hands to mix everything together well.
    3. Shape the mixture into 8 oval mini meatloaves (5" x 3"). Place on the prepared baking sheet then brush ketchup over the top of each mini meatloaf.
    4. Bake the meatloaves for about 25 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meatloaves read 160°F.
    5. Cut the string cheese into thin strips, then cut the strips into 8 long pieces and 32 short pieces. Put 1 long piece and 4 short pieces onto each meatloaf to make it look like the laces on a classic football.

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    Born and raised in Southern California, Beeta has embraced a healthy lifestyle focused on farm-to-table cooking, natural products, and wellness routines. When she's not writing up recipes or discussing the latest natural living trends, Beeta enjoys spending time trying new restaurants, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing at home with her furry companion.