Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cheesy Ranch Meatloaf Muffins

Have you ever had meatloaf muffins? Of course you have. They're everywhere, and for good reason. These little guys are so delicious! I have posted a recipe before for meatloaf muffins, with a good old fashioned meatloaf flavor. I was looking to jazz it up a little bit this time though, and that is exactly what I did!

If I had to pick my favorite condiment, it would be ranch. Hands down. I want all the ranch. I prefer homemade, but bottled will do in a pinch. 

In all honesty, sometimes I think about what life was like before ranch. Italian dressing on my salads? Dipping my chicken nuggets in honey mustard? What the what? 

Also, cheese. Oozy, salty, delicious sharp cheddar cheese. I mean that's all I really have to say there, right? 

cheesy ranch meatloaf muffins

Keep reading for the recipe!

-Ingredients-

1 lb ground beef
1 packet ranch dressing mix (just the mix, not prepared-- use just 1/2 a pack if you want it less salty)
1/2 c whole wheat bread crumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 oz cheddar cheese, cut into 12 cubes (about half a block)
BBQ sauce (optional)

-Directions-

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Spray 12 muffin tins with cooking spray and set aside.
2. Mix all ingredients except cheese and BBQ sauce in a large bowl. Use your hands!
3. Roll meat into 12 equal sized balls. Press half of each ball into the muffin tins. Press cheese into bottom potion of meat muffin, then top with remaining meatball halves. 
4. Top with 1 tsp BBQ sauce each, if desired.
5. Bake 35-45 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes then pop out of pan with a butter knife. 

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