July 12, 2016

Traveler Test Kitchen – 3-Minute Microwave Meatloaf

We’ve decided to test out some creative, easy to prepare recipes in the kitchen of our home office to see if we recommend them for our travelers. We’ll feature a new recipe each month that we’ve prepared in our very limited kitchen and had our employees test and rate. We’ll also show you unedited photos of how our food turned out, so you can compare our real-world versions to the ultra-fancy food blogs where we got the recipes.

3-Minute Microwave Meatloaf
See the original recipe here.

1/2 cup raw hamburger
1 egg
1 Tbsp parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning

2 Tbsp low-carb ketchup
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Small, microwave safe bowl
Mixing bowl

1. Combine meatloaf ingredients only.

2. Pour into a microwave safe bowl or ramekin (for less mess, place a plate under the ramekin to catch drippings).

3. Microwave on high power for 2 minutes.

4. Place ketchup and Worcestershire on top and smear around to combine.

5. Cook for one more minute on high. Allow to rest in the microwave for another minute to allow cooking to finish.

Makes 1 mini meatloaf. These can be made ahead and frozen. If you do freeze them, save the topping for the reheat before serving.

The Results
In just a few short minutes, we had an authentic looking mini meatloaf ready to eat! Here’s a photo of how ours turned out versus a photo from the blog where we found the recipe.

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Our Meatloaf
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The Recipe’s Version

The Reviews
We asked a handful of employees to grab a bite of our microwave concoction and give us their thoughts. Here’s what they had to say:

Kari Bryant, Assistant Account Manager
4.5 Stars
“I thought this recipe was really good! It was very flavorful.”

Tammy White, Payroll Manager
5 Stars
“Very delicious! Had the perfect sauce to meat ratio. I thought it was great.”

Angie Morgan, Director of Marketing
4 Stars
“I was pleasantly surprised by this dish. It had a really good flavor!”

Gay King, Director of Client Services
4.5 Stars
“I thought the meatloaf was delicious. Probably the best you can get next to the real thing out of the oven!”

Scott Knox, VP of Marketing
5 Stars
“I was surprised how well this turned out. It definitely exceeded my expectations. You could serve this in a restaurant next to another meatloaf and I doubt anyone would know the difference.”

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