These cupcakes may look like dessert but don't let looks "trick" you! They are a savory main dish, sure to please kids of all ages!

Ghostly Meatloaf and Mashed Potato Cupcakes

By on October 19, 2016

I absolutely love Halloween! Love decorating, in fact as I write this I am making comments to my husband about getting those decorations out! With our grandson Finn being 3 and visiting often, I love having fun with food especially during holidays and Halloween is no exception! He was all about eating cupcakes for dinner!

Meatloaf is a great cold weather meal. On crisp, cool fall nights it is the perfect comfort food especially paired with mashed potatoes! I have always wanted to make meatloaf cupcakes. And of course cupcakes have to have frosting. So frosting them with mashed potatoes was an absolutely perfect substitute for a sugary icing (that would have been quite nasty).  The trick was getting the potatoes to the right consistency.  And as much as I don’t mind a few potato chunks in my mashed potatoes, the frosting really needs to be smooth when you pipe that frosting on! I used a frosting bag and tip but you can use a plastic bag and cut the corner to squeeze out that frosting. I practiced making ghosts on a piece of waxed paper before piping the ghosts on the savory cupcakes.

The eyes were a bit tricky.  I thought of using mini chocolate chips because chocolate is good with everything, right? But decided on using whole allspice as I didn’t want the eyes to melt!

You can actually use just about any meatloaf recipe. Every family has a favorite.  I have cleaned up our favorite recipe a bit (shh…no one has noticed) and will share it below. The major change was replacing bread crumbs with oatmeal and leaving out the milk (it really isn’t needed). For the sauce I replaced brown sugar with honey and used organic ketchup.  

My husband was not a fan of meatloaf when we married until he tried mine. Now it is a favorite. I usually use organic grass fed ground beef  as that is what this family prefers. However you can substitute ground turkey or half beef and half turkey. 

Meatloaf can take a long time to bake. Meatloaf cupcakes really cut that time down.  They also make perfectly portioned servings! If you are following the 21 Day Fix Plan, measure your meat mixture in a red container before putting it in the muffin cups.  Likewise with the mashed potatoes, measure it out in a yellow container before piping it on. I count each cupcake as 1 red and one yellow!

Ghostly Meatloaf and Mashed Potato Cupcakes
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These cupcakes may look like dessert but don't let looks "trick" you! They are a savory main dish, sure to please kids of all ages!
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  1. 2 organic eggs
  2. 1/2 cup ground quick oats, (I ground them in a blender)
  3. 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
  4. 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  5. 1 teaspoon sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon sage
  7. 1 1/2 pounds organic lean ground beef
  8. Sauce
  9. 1/2 cup organic ketchup
  10. 3 - 4 tablespoons honey
  11. 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  12. Ghosts
  13. Approximately 6 cups of mashed potatoes, extra is always appreciated! (see mashed potato recipe if you need one)
  14. Whole allspice
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a muffin tin with foil muffin cup liners.
  3. In a leage bowl combine eggs, oatmeal, parsley, salt, sage and pepper.
  4. Add ground beef and mix well.
  5. Fill lined muffin cups with meat mixture, patting it down.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, use a baster to remove fat.
  7. Spoon a spoonful of sauce on each cupcake.
  8. Return to oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes more or until cooked through.
  9. While the meatloaf is cooking prepare your mashed potatoes and practice making ghosts!
  10. To make ghosts put mashed potatoes in a plastic bag (I use gallon size)
  11. Cut one corner..
  12. Starting at outside of loaf and in circular motion, pipe potatoes onto each meatloaf going smaller as it gets taller.
  13. Place allspice balls on ghosts for eyes.
  1. Serve leftover sauce in a small bowl on the table for those who want a little extra.
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
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Mashed Potatoes
Creamy mashed potatoes, a perfect comfort food!
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  1. 6 large potatoes, peeled, cubed
  2. 1/4 cup (or less) organic butter
  3. 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk (can use unsweetened almond milk)
  4. Salt and pepper
  1. Fill a large pot with cold water, add potatoes and a bit of salt to the pot.
  2. Heat to boiling.
  3. Reduce heat; cook potatoes until fork-tender.
  4. Drain; return to saucepan.
  5. Add butter and 1/4 cup milk.
  6. Mash until creamy and smooth with a potato masher or beater, adding more milk as needed. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Make sure mashed potatoes are creamy and smooth so they can be piped onto meatloaves.
  1. I invested in a potato ricer that ensures creamy smooth mashed potatoes!
  2. After draining the potatoes you place them in the ricer a few at a time.
  3. Rice them directly into the empty pot.
  4. After all the potatoes are riced and butter then stir in milk little by little until potatoes reach the desired consistency.
  5. Container count: 1/2 cup equals 1 yellow.
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Hi! This is Donna. I am a grandmother, mom, wife, and a teacher. I also love cookbooks, love to bake and really enjoy food! At age 56 I have developed a love of fitness after losing 46 pounds on the 21 Day Fix! I have always struggled with my weight! When menopause struck and things got totally out of control... My weight only went up not down. My muffin top turned into a bakery shelf. I desperately wanted to lose weight and improve my health. I wanted to be able to play and keep up with my beautiful grandchildren. Nothing I tried worked until I found the 21 Day Fix. Now instead of a tight size 16 I wear a comfortable 8 and even some 6's! At age 56 I am in the best shape of my life. My current goals are to improve my strength and to continue toning my body. I along with my daughter, Danielle, am here to help you reach your own fitness goals! You are never too young or old to become fitter, healthier, and stronger!

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