Why, oh why, have I never thought of this before? I’ve spent the last 23 years of my life cooking for a bevy of, shall we say eccentric, eaters. Pretty much the only food all four of my kids like is the ubiquitous chicken finger. Everything else is just a sideshow of “Who does Mom love best tonight?”
By the way, I tried the “eat-it-or-starve” tactic. I was met with a very calm “We’ll just eat at Grandma’s”. Yup.
We recently filled the freezer with beef, so I have been trying to come up with various recipes for hamburger meat. I was rummaging through the baking pans when inspiration struck! I’d been having a hankering for meatloaf (that one’s a 0/4 kid-approved dish) when I spotted the poor, neglected muffin tin. I hardly ever make muffins because one doesn’t like chocolate chips and the other doesn’t like berries. The other two are grown now, so they’re on their own to find someone who will cater to their food proclivities. Yes, they spend lots of time at Grandma’s when they come home!
What if…I made individual meatballs in the muffin tin? You know, a muffin-sized meatball! A heavenly beam of light shone down on the kitchen counter and I knew I could make a “one-dish” pleaser for two different palates. Once I had the bright idea to call them meat bombs, I had them hooked. The recipe was surprisingly easy to modify and the nifty muffin tin made clean up a breeze.
So, without further ado…here’s how to make meat bombs. If you’re new to my food blogging, I don’t really measure ingredients very often. Experiment on your own to find the perfect combination to suit your taste!
Preheat oven to 450. This will give the bombs a nice crunch on the exterior. Mix up hamburger meat (ground pork works, too) like you’re gonna make burgers. I use Worcestershire, garlic salt, pepper, and some fine bread crumbs. For the ones who like plain bombs, go ahead and form balls and place them in the muffin tin. For the rest of the meat, I mixed in shredded cheese, formed the balls, and topped them with a good squirt of ketchup. You can add in onions if you like, but nobody likes at my house. Pop the bombs in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Drain on paper towels before serving.
The meat bombs were…wait for it..a hit!