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Mini Meatloaf Boats

Contributed by: NAPSA

Meatloaf Boats Teach Kids How To Cook (NAPSA) - Choosing the right recipe for your young chef can mean smooth sailing to delicious results, along with a boost of cooking confidence.

Mini Meatloaf Boats, made extra-moist by the addition of whole-grain oats, are easy and fun to make and eat. Measuring and mixing reinforce basic cooking skills, while building the cheese "sails" is pure fun. Sail these meatloaf boats on a "sea" of mashed potatoes alongside a vegetable raft.


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 3/4 cup Quaker oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 4 to 6 teaspoons Mexican seasoning blend


  • 3 slices American cheese
  • 6 thin pretzel sticks
  • Salsa or catsup, as desired


Heat oven to 350 F.

Combine meatloaf ingredients; mix lightly but thoroughly. Divide into 6 equal parts. On rack of broiler pan, shape each into a 4 x 23/4-inch oval loaf. Press the back of a measuring tablespoon into top of each loaf to form a depression. Bake 25 to 28 minutes or until meatloaves register 160 F on an instant-read thermometer.

Remove from oven; drain off any juices. Cut each cheese slice in half diagonally. Form "sails" by carefully inserting pretzel stick into cheese triangle. Attach "sails" to meatloaves; fill indentations with salsa.

Serving Size: Makes 6 Servings

Nutritional Information: Per Serving: Cal. 340, Fat 20g, Sat. Fat 8.5g, Chol. 110mg, Sodium 470mg, Carbo. 13g, Fiber 2g, Protein 26g.

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