If you are in the mood for meatloaf, try these sweet and spicy mini meatloaves instead.  The flavor combination is unexpected, but strong and delightful.  They take your mom’s meatloaf and turns it up a notch.

Sweet and Spicy Mini Meatloaves

Over the weekend, I wanted to make something quick and easy for dinner.  This recipe from Food Network called the Best and Lightest Cookbook completely delivered on ease.  

I don’t know what makes meatloaf a wonderful comfort food, but it definitely is a great comfort food.  This one was so different that I didn’t really know what to expect.


These sweet and spicy mini meatloaves because they seemed really easy to make – and they definitely were.  

All you have to do is pulse the bread slices, onion and carrot.  Put it in a bowl and add the turkey and beef, egg, and curry powder, salt and pepper.  Mix it until just combined.  Shape into 4 mini meatloaves.

Sweet and Spicy Mini Meatloaves

Mix the ketchup and apricot jam in a small bowl and brush over the meatloaves.  Bake in the oven until just cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.  

Sweet and Spicy Mini Meatloaves

I keep saying it, but this recipe was so easy to make.  I have to admit that I do love meatloaf, and would order it at a restaurant if it was on the menu.

Have you ordered meatloaf at a restaurant before?

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Sweet and Spicy Mini Meatloaves

Sweet and Spicy Mini Meatloaves

Dash of Herbs
This recipe is 4 SmartPoints per serving, 1 mini meatloaf.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Comfort Food
Servings 4 servings
Calories 453 kcal


  • 2 slices whole wheat bread torn into pieces
  • 1/2 small onion quartered
  • 1 medium carrot quartered
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon apricot jam


  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Pulse the bread in a food processor until finely ground. Transfer to a large bowl.  Next, pulse the onion and carrot in the food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to the large bowl.
  • Add the turkey, beef, egg and the curry powder, salt and pepper. Mix by hand until combined. Shape into 4 small meatloaves on a foil lined baking sheet.
  • Mix the ketchup and chutney in a small bowl and brush over the meatloaves. Transfer to the oven and bake until just cooked through, about 20 minutes.  Serve immediately.


Calories: 453kcalCarbohydrates: 13.9gProtein: 47.7gFat: 22.5gSaturated Fat: 7.4gCholesterol: 197.6mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 4.9g
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  1. Ooh, I love the idea of mini meatloaves. Never heard of it before. These look great 🙂

  2. My mom used to make it fairly regularly at our house, so I always want it when we go to Cracker Barrel…it’s insane. The sweet with the spicy of this meatloaf is amazing and unexpected.

  3. yummmmmmmmmmmmm. i grew up HATING meatloaf. HATING it. but then, I made a spicy-sweet meatloaf (kind of like this one) and i’m OBSESSED. literally, obsessed.

  4. I really do love meatloaf. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods that my mom used to make. That and her pot roast. Nom nom nom. So good. I’m glad I could take you down memory lane.

  5. It’s funny. I don’t eat a lot of meat now but I can vividly remember my moms meatloaf and this post has me craving it. It looks so good and just the right size. Thanks for sharing and for the trip down memory lane. Funny how food can do that.

  6. I have ordered meatloaf too, and Jeremy always makes fun of me! But really…it’s too good not to try everywhere you go! I hadn’t mixed beef and turkey before either. It made it more lean, which was great for me. It was so good!

  7. I’ve definitely had meatloaf at restaurants before but it’s usually way too fancy and overdone. I like a simple meatloaf that reminds me of home. I’ve never mixed beef and turkey before. Something I’ll have to try.

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