Special Cupcakes – For dinner???

I knew that I had to make this recipe when my son told me about it, and I knew that tonight would be the night to do it. This is the first night of the World Series, so what better way to celebrate than with cupcakes for dinner! These are special cupcakes. They are meatloaf on bottom with a gooey provolone cheese center and topped with whipped mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese and bacon. Wow…what a combination! These little treats were amazing. They would be really cute as mini cupcakes, but mine were full sized. Try them as a treat for your next baseball or football party. They are pretty simple. Here are my recipes, but feel free to use your favorites.

Meatloaf Cupcakes
Recipe by: The Accidental Cook
Yield: 12 cupcakes
Printable Recipe



1.5 lbs. ground beef
1 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped onion (I sauteed mine in butter before adding them)
6 slices provolone cheese

Mashed Potatoes:

8 russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup milk
1-2 tablespoons salt (depends on taste)
Bacon bits for garnish
Cheddar cheese, shredded for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, milk and chopped onion in a large bowl. Using your hands, mix until well combined.

Press the ground beef mixture into metal muffin pan, filling to the top edge of the pan.

Using a spoon, scoop out a small portion of the middle of the cupcake and reserve the meat that you removed. Take a half slice of provolone and break it up so it fits into the middle of the meatloaf. Place the reserved meatloaf back over the top of the cheese to cover it and make sure the top is smooth and even. Follow this same process with the entire pan.

Place in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the juices run clear. Remove from oven and transfer to serving platter.

While the meatloaves are baking, add the diced potatoes to a large pot of water. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Boil the potatoes until they are soft and easily split in half with a fork (15-20 minutes).

Strain potatoes and pour them into a large bowl of a stand mixer. Add the butter and let sit for 1 minute to soften. Add 1/2 cup of milk and salt and mix on medium speed until the potatoes reach a whipped consistency. Add more milk if potatoes are not smooth enough.

Place mashed potatoes into a piping bag or into a sandwich bag with the corner cut off. Pipe a heaping pile of potatoes on top of each of the meatloaves and then top with shredded cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of bacon bits.

Serve Immediately.


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