Hoisin-Glazed Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes

I’ve only been here a week and am already loosing track of what day of the week it is, let alone the date. The days are blending together and it’s hard to remember what happened yesterday, or what it two days ago? Speaking of time-warps, I starting digging through my old stuff here and I’ve stumbled across many interesting things: terrible-style clothing from middle school, old tennis and soccer uniforms, prom dresses, and even stuff from former boyfriends. It’s actually been fun recalling memories but now what to do with it all? I think I should just bake up a storm while wearing the prom dresses. I’d totally look like a little baking fairy haha.

Now even though these may look like cupcakes, I did not bake them while wearing a prom dress nor are they sweet dessert items. These “cupcakes” are actually mini meatloaves baked in a muffin pan and topped with whipped sweet potatoes as the “frosting”. I’ve always thought that meatloaves were ugly to photograph and this made for a much more appealing presentation. And I get to say I made/ate cupcakes for dinner O:-).

Hoisin-Glazed Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes

Two years ago: Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup (2012)

Three years ago: Nutella Cream Cheese Swirl Heart Brownies


Serves 3-4



2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

1 Tbsp milk


1 slice wheat bread, cut into 1/4-inch pieces

1/4 cup milk

1 lb. ground turkey breast

1/2 cup diced yellow onion

1/2 cup diced broccoli florets

1/4 cup diced red bell pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 egg, lightly beaten

4-1/2 tsp tomato paste

4-1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp dry mustard

1/2 tsp chili powder


3 Tbsp tomato paste

2 Tbsp hoisin sauce

1 tsp honey

3 Tbsp low-sodium chicken broth

1/4 tsp salt


  1. In a large pot, place the sweet potato cubes. Fill with water until it just covers the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, 20 to 30 minutes. With an electric mixer on low, blend potatoes. Add butter and milk, then mix until smooth. Set aside.
  2. While the potatoes cook, prepare the meatloaves. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, soak bread and milk for 10 minutes. Add the remaining meatloaf ingredients and mix well. Scoop mixture into each of 9 nonstick muffin tin cups. Bake 10 minutes.
  3. While meatloaves bake, prepare glaze by combining all glaze ingredients in a small bowl. Spread 1 teaspoon of glaze on each loaf. Continue to bake until cooked, about 15-20 more minutes.
  4. Remove meatloaves from oven and turn oven to broil. Pipe or spoon whipped sweet potatoes on top of each meatloaf and place under broiler until toasted, about 2-5 minutes. Serve immediately with any leftover glaze drizzled on top.

Source: Adapted from Self Magazine.


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