Glazed Meatloaves {Beef + Kale + Cheddar}
Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Comfort food, American
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Serves: 6 mini-meatloaves
More surface area means more crispy edges and more tangy, sweet glaze. Bring it!
  • .25 sweet onion
  • half a bunch of lacinato kale (~ 6 stalks), sliced very thinly and then chopped.
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 - 1.25lb lean ground beef
  • .5 c fresh whole wheat breadcrumbs or panko
  • 1 T mustard {I use honey dijon or something grainy}
  • 2 T ketchup
  • .5 t kosher salt
  • 8 cranks freshly ground pepper
  • 2 egg whites (or 1 egg)
  • .25 c shredded cheddar cheese (or more!)
  • 2 T ketchup
  • 1 t light brown sugar
  • 1 t apple cider vinegar
  1. Heat the oven to 400.
  2. Heat a large saute pan over high heat. When it's hot, add extra virgin olive oil and heat, swirling the oil to coat.
  3. Add the onion and saute until lightly browned. Add the kale and stir, cooking through. Add the garlic slices, making sure they hit the bottom of the pan to get cooked through; then cook the moisture out of the mixture. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, place the ground beef, bread crumbs, mustard, ketchup, salt, pepper, egg, and cheese. Mix with your hands, until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  5. Add the veggie mixture to the meat; use your hands to evenly distribute.
  6. Pour a little oil on a paper towel and spread it around a large rimmed baking sheet.
  7. Divide the meat mixture in half, and then divide each half into three, so you have 6 even sections. Place a round cookie cutter or biscuit cutter on the pan and use it as a ring mold, packing it with the meat mixture as tight as you can. Remove it, leaving the meat on the pan. Repeat for the rest of the meatloaves.
  8. In a small bowl, mix the glaze by stirring together the ketchup, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Spoon about a teaspoon onto each meatloaf, and spread around, using your fingers or the spoon. Use all of the glaze!
  9. Bake the meatloaves for 20 minutes.
  10. Scrape off the pan with a flat metal spatula, to make sure you get all the crispy cheese and glaze.
Cooking for a larger crowd? This recipe is easy to double.
Need a change of pace for a pot luck dish? Glazed Meatloaves with kale and cheddar it is!
Recipe by My Utensil Crock at