Baby Meat Loaves

Baking a meat loaf in individual servings cuts down on baking time, creates more surface area to cover with tasty sauce, and makes serving a snap.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 1 hourDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 8


  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 1⁄2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1⁄4 cup 2% milk
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. ground beef


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small dish, combine tomato sauce, maple syrup, and vinegar and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat oil and sauté onion and garlic until onion is translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1⁄4 cup of the prepared sauce; set aside to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add sour cream, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, parsley, mustard, salt, thyme, pepper, ground beef, and the onion mixture, and mix well. Use a 1⁄2 cup measuring cup to scoop out the meat mixture and arrange in rows on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Spoon the sauce over the meat loaves and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.