Mousey Meat Loaves

Don't be afraid to let these rambunctious little rats into your kitchen! Individual meat loaf portions fashion these yummy little critters that are sure to spark conversation.

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  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 1 hr 20 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 6
 

Ingredients

1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2
lb bulk Italian pork sausage
1/2
cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs
1/2
cup chopped onion
1/2
cup milk
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1
egg, beaten
2
cups chunky tomato pasta sauce
Green olive slices, Green Giant™ sweet peas (heated), sliced ripe olives, shoestring potato pieces, sliced almonds and curly fries

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  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, mix beef, sausage, bread crumbs, onion, milk, salt, cream cheese and egg. Divide into 6 equal portions; shape into 4-inch oval loaves. Pinch 1 end of each oval to a point for rat’s face. Place in ungreased 13x9-inch glass baking dish. Gently pour pasta sauce over and around loaves.
  • 2 Bake about 40 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted in center of loaf reads 160°F.
  • 3 Garnish with green olives and peas for eyes, sliced ripe olive for a nose, shoestring potato pieces for whiskers, sliced almonds for teeth and curly fries for tails.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, mix beef, sausage, bread crumbs, onion, milk, salt, cream cheese and egg. Divide into 6 equal portions; shape into 4-inch oval loaves. Pinch 1 end of each oval to a point for rat’s face. Place in ungreased 13x9-inch glass baking dish. Gently pour pasta sauce over and around loaves.
  • 2 Bake about 40 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted in center of loaf reads 160°F.
  • 3 Garnish with green olives and peas for eyes, sliced ripe olive for a nose, shoestring potato pieces for whiskers, sliced almonds for teeth and curly fries for tails.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

If you don't have Italian sausage, use ground beef, and add Italian seasoning to the meat mixture.

In place of the shoestring potatoes, use pieces of broken spaghetti noodles for the whiskers. Make sure they are covered by the sauce so they don't dry out during baking.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
420
(
Calories from Fat
220),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
25g
25%
(Saturated Fat
10g,
10%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
120mg
120%;
Sodium
1040mg
1040%;
Total Carbohydrate
27g
27%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
11g
11%
),
Protein
23g
23%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 3 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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