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Surprise Meatloaf Meatballs (individual sized meatloaves)

We have enjoyed reading through the comments about the celebrations you all enjoy,
be it the birth of a baby, a wedding coming up, return to health, family gatherings, Easter,
Christmas, Thanksgiving and more! I, for one, was touched by the person who commented
about reunions being the best kind of celebrations!
We wish we could make all of you winners of the book!
The winner of our draw is someone who is
 looking forward to her son's high school graduation this year.
Congratulations, Virginia!
We will need your contact information.
Please email
within the next three days,
after which time we will draw another name if
we do not hear from you.

This is my meatloaf recipe switched up to look a bit more kid-friendly. With this slight face lift, one  cannot call it a meatloaf any more. It's the cook's secret.
  • 1 1/4 lbs lean hamburger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 onion, chopped or 1 – 2 tsp onion flakes
  • 1/3 cup milk
  •  8 -3/4 square-inch square cheese cubes
  • ¼ c ketchup
  • ¼ c BBQ sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  1.  Mix all ingredients, except cheese.
  2. Divide into 8 balls. Squeeze a piece of cheese into each, shaping well around it.
  3. Place meatballs on parchment paper lined pan.
  4. Mix glaze and coat meatballs. (you can refrigerate at this point for several hours.
  5. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve with wild rice, macaroni and cheese or scalloped potatoes and steamed vegetables.

 Happy Family Day to those living in Alberts, Saskatchewan and Ontario!
(And everyone else as well!)
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  1. I love this idea, I do believe even my biggest kid, my husband, would think this is great

  2. what a fun twist to meatloaf - thanks for a new idea for supper!

  3. Congratulations to Virginia :)

    I love the idea of baked meatballs!

  4. Over 70 years ago my mother cooked something similar for my fourth birthday party lunch. It had cheese in the center, but was rolled in cornflakes then baked. Each child had their own little meat serving. Many years later I mentioned that to her and how much I liked it at the time, but she didn't even remember it. Must have been one of those recipes she saw in a magazine and decided to cook. Wish I had that recipe now. It was nowhere in her recipes or cookbooks when I inherited them. Yours looks delicious, too.

  5. This looks good for one night this week! Thank you!

  6. It's not only the kids who would enjoy this - what a great idea.

  7. Love meatballs because I can take a couple out of a freezer bag at a time. This recipe reminded me of that old recipe that had rice, which when the meatballs wer cooked poked out like little porcupine quills. Is that what they were called? Meatballs, good anyway anytime.


    1. Great idea, Anonymous! Since there are only two of us, and I love to cook and "enhance" or experiment with recipes, I often end up with enough to feed all of Virginia. We used to have "porcupine balls" - the meatballs you mention - but the more ornery ones of us called them something else which my mature stomach now doesn't even like to say out loud or see in print! Even so, we ate them and enjoyed them immensely. These, with cheese tucked inside, look very appetizing indeed.

  8. I made these tonight. They are delicious! My teenage daughter, loved them! I think my former meatloaf recipe has now been replaced.

  9. If I were to make a batch of these and freeze them uncooked. How long would you guess that I should bake them from a frozen state?

    1. I have never frozen the meatballs .. I would guess an extra 10 minutes? I think I would put them in the fridge for the day so that they thaw and then bake as usual. All the best!


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