Happy Friday!

I don’t normally post three recipes in a row like I did this week, I usually like to space them out a little bit. But since I had the whole website crashing situation I had to post all my Cabot contest entry recipes three days in a row. The more cheese, the better right?

So far I’ve posted a recipe for Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Jalapeno Cheddar Beer Dip and Cheesy Sweet Corn & Cajun Shrimp Wonton Cups. Be sure to check out those two amazing recipes, they were a huge hit!

All three recipes (including today’s) are perfect for Superbowl Sunday! They’re all bite-size, dippable and packed with a ton of cheesy goodness, thanks to Cabot Creamery!

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I received free samples of Cabot Cheese mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes. I was not additionally compensated for my time.

Cabot Creamery is challenging Recipe ReDux members to create a healthier snack. From finger foods to hearty apps, lighten up your favorite “big game” or red carpet eats for entertaining. Cabot Creamery is a family-farmer owned cooperative of more than 1200 farms  located throughout New England and New York. One-hundred (100) percent of Cabot’s profits go back to their farmers. Cheddar cheese is a protein-rich snack and naturally lactose free!

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Who doesn’t love meat loaf? Before I met my boyfriend, he had never had meatloaf. Can you believe that? Meatloaf was a staple at our house as a kid. I loved the ketchup topping and would always load my slice down with it. We always, always had mashed potatoes on the side. Today’s recipe is the perfect bite-size combination of meat loaf and cheese-loaded mashed potatoes, and comes with a side of brown sugar ketchup dipping sauce.  

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You know what sounds like a great watch party menu? Sweet potato gnocchi with cheddar beer sauce, cajun shrimp wonton cups, and meatloaf poppers :) Since Nick will be gone on Sunday, I will most likely be found in the kitchen working on recipes for the blog, or playing with my puppy. I am not particularily a football gal. Who are yall rooting for this Sunday?

Here’s todays recipe!

Meatloaf Poppers with Cheesy Potato Topping
Serves 6
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 1 cup ketchup
  2. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  3. 2 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  4. 1 Tbsp olive oil
  5. 1 tsp garlic, minced
  6. 1 cup carrot, grated and chopped
  7. black pepper, to taste
  8. salt, to taste
  9. 1 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  10. 1/3 cup milk
  11. 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  12. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  13. 2 eggs
  14. 1 egg white
  15. 1.25 lb ground beef
  16. 1/4 cup chives, finely minced
For the mashed potatoes
  1. 6-8 Yukon gold potatoes
  2. 1/2 cup milk
  3. 2 cups Cabot Alpine Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Spray a mini muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and 1 tsp of the Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a small skillet and saute the garlic and carrot until the carrots are soft. Season with salt and pepper, and add the remaining 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce. Add to a large bowl.
  4. Pour the breadcrumbs, milk, dried parsley, and onion powder to the bowl.
  5. Add the eggs, egg white, beef, and 2 Tbsp of the ketchup mixture. Use your hands to combine everything together well.
  6. Divide the mixture into the mini muffin tins. Form each portion into a small ball and pat down into the muffin tin, leaving the top domed.
  7. Spoon a bit of the remaining ketchup mixture over the top of each cup and spread evenly. Reserve the remaining sauce to serve on the side.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the beef is fully cooked.
  9. Scrub & peel the potatoes and dice. Add water to cover and boil until soft, about 10-15 minutes. Add the milk, cheese, salt and pepper and mash until smooth.
  10. Top with the mashed potatoes, a sprinkle of cheese and some chopped chives!
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  1. Wow, what a great idea! How didn’t I think of that earlier! I will have to try meatloaf and potatoes bites! They look very appetizing! :)

  2. So clever! Love these. Pinning now!

  3. Mmmm, yummy! Great finger food for the game!

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