|Mini Meatless Loaves/Squares|
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 small onion, finely chopped (use more if you're an onion person)
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp soy milk
1/4 tsp salt (I'm not very salty, add more if this seems too little for you)
2 tsp adobo OR 1 tsp Mrs. Dash seasoning (I've used both and they both work well)
2 cups ground beef style crumbles
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup tomato sauce
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tsp brown sugar
1- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2- In a sauce pan, saute the onion in the olive oil until tender.
3- Whisk together the tomato sauce, tomato paste, soy milk, salt and adobo.
4- Add the tomato mix to the sauteed onions in the saucepan (it will splatter a little bit, tomato fireworks!) and heat it up just until it simmers.*
5- Stir in the frozen beef style crumbles and remove from heat.
6- Stir in the breadcrumbs.
7- Spray an 8x8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Take out about 1/4 of the meatloaf mix and shape into a loaf with your hands (it's messy, so use gloves if you must). Place the loaf on the baking dish and do the same with the rest of the mix to form 4 loaves. If you're making the little presents instead, shape the meatloaf mix into 6 to 8 little squares and place them on the baking dish.
8- Whisk together the three basting ingredients and brush half of the mix on the tops and sides of each mini loaf/square.
9- Bake for 15 minutes.
10- Remove from the oven, flip the loaves/squares upside down and brush the rest of the basting mix on the tops and sides. Bake for 10 more minutes.
*You don't need to simmer the tomato mix if you're using thawed or refrigerated crumbles. Just add the tomato mix to the onions and stir in the non-frozen crumbles right away.
This is enough for the two of us. If you need to double the recipe you should use a larger pot instead of a saucepan. These also make good meatballs!
If you want to decorate them like Christmas presents like I did, just steam a few green or redd bell pepper strips until slightly softened, and use some ketchup or tomato sauce as glue to stick the pepper strips to the squares. I actually sauteed my peppers. They were tasty but they had brown spots that wouldn't be there if they had been steamed until soft and manageable. The little pepper pieces sticking up on the tops are raw instead of steamed, which I think keeps them from looking all sad and droopy.
Last night we had mashed potato snowmen. I built them with these handy cookie scoops.The medium scoop for the bodies and the small one for the heads. They have steamed red bell pepper scarves and pea buttons. The noses are little carrot pieces, the mouths are black olive slices cut in half, and the eyes are black beans. We had them on top of black bean patties, so the black beans came in handy for the eyes.
Notice the olive tips as hats? They look like yarmulkes! It was unintentional but I thought they looked cute. Allow me to remind you again that I am indeed an adult.
Happy countdown to Christmas!
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