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Ham and Cheese Mini Meat Loaves

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.


8 servings

I came up with a meatloaf recipe for my son who doesn't like meatloaf. I was looking for a variation with a comfort-food feel and kid-friendly flavor. These small loaves are ideal for children trying something —Jan Charles, Greeneville, Tennessee


  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 small tomato, seeded and quartered
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh parsley sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 8 thin slices deli ham
  • 8 slices Gruyere or Swiss cheese
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place first nine ingredients in a food processor; process until blended. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in egg. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly (mixture will be soft).
  2. Divide mixture into eight portions. On a piece of parchment paper, pat each portion into a 5-in. square; layer with ham and cheese to within 1 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side and peeling away paper while rolling. Pinch seam and ends to seal. Place on a rack in a roasting pan, seam side down.
  3. Mix glaze ingredients; brush over loaves. Bake until a thermometer inserted in meat loaf reads 160°, 30-40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1 meat loaf: 455 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 140mg cholesterol, 1234mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 37g protein.

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