Long before that Extreme Couponing show came into existence, I have been a couponer – a Realistic Couponer. One who uses that kind of food savings to benefit my family, but not one that goes overboard. With five children, four of them teenagers, it’s important for me to stay on top of my Grocery Guru status.
For years, one of the things that I could purchase at rock bottom prices were Pillsbury Biscuits and Crescent Rolls. One grocery guru week, the sales and coupons melded perfectly that I “bought” them for free – literally. That doesn’t happen anymore, but when it did, I got very creative with using that prepackaged dough to my advantage.
Now in my healthy living, avoid processed foods mindset, I’d love to continually stock some of my Homemade Butterhorn roll recipe dough in my fridge. In my ideal meal plan, I would grab it in lieu of the canned stuff, but the reality is that doesn’t happen nearly enough.
I always keep a few cans of dough in my fridge as a short cut for many of my 10 minute dinner ideas, (and desserts, as you found in my Apple Pecan Coffee Cake,) and these super yummy, Mini Biscuit Meatloaves are a great example of putting them to meal time use.
Since I’ve had to up my “lunch making game” for our 260 lb. 17 year old football player, these are perfect to whip up and adds some creativity to a lunch box meal, since they are finger friendly.
Part of learning how to lean towards a 10 Minute Dinners mindset is by being willing to whip things up without a recipe. This is one of those days. I know, my Type A friends hate when I do this to you, but trust me, it’s that easy, plus there’s so much versatility. As I add more recipes, we’ll definitely expand our palette, but for now, this was real life for me.
Biscuit Mini Meatloaves
Grab your muffin pan with the largest muffin cups. The larger the muffin tin, the more substantial the muffins.
Since I used an over sized muffin pan, I flattened one biscuit into the bottom of each greased tin. (I highly recommend you use a non stick, silicone or baking stone pan for ease in sliding the muffins out when they are finished. For the average pan, you’ll need to tear off just a bit of the dough, and save it for the next muffin. Flatten it as much as you can. It will begin to rise immediately, and you need a nice indentation to place the meat.
Choose your favorite sauce and layer a bit on top, and then sprinkle with shredded cheese, if you desire.
Voila! You are done prepping.
Place it in your oven that’s been set to 350 degrees and cook until biscuits are finished – usually around 10 – 15 minutes. Often, they will appear finished on the top, but make sure the dough is cooked through to the bottom as well.
Slide out of the pan, eat and enjoy! My kids gobble these up. The sky is the limit when you create them, and I can’t wait to see what you try. This method also makes perfect bite size desserts, but that’s for another post.)
Take note: these also freeze well, so bake them up in bulk for quick bit size meals on the go throughout the month.
Variations I have used to spark creativity
- Taco meat, salsa, green onions, Mexican cheese (shown above)
- Italian seasoned ground beef (mixed with onions, peppers), Pasta sauce, Italian cheese
- Mini pizza style meatloaves – Italian seasoned ground beef, pizza sauce, sprinkles of peperoni and Mozzarella
- Seasoned Ground Beef, Ketchup and Cheese (shown above)
- Seasoned Ground Beef, BBQ Sauce, Cheese
- BBQ Chicken, BBQ Sauce, Cheese
- Shredded Chicken, small dollop of cream cheese, Alfredo sauce and shredded cheese
- Sloppy Joe Meat, and Cheese
- Diced ham or turkey, Dijon mustard and cheese
- KEEP THE LIST GOING – let me know what variation you will try.
I can’t wait to hear what you create!
Have a fabulous 10 Minute Dinner Day.