Last weekend we were celebrating spring with the Sunday Supper Movement. In spring moods lighten with the weather and the first of April brings hopefully well-humored pranks pulled on friends and loved ones.
As a kid I don’t remember ever “celebrating” April Fool’s Day. Honestly, I’m not that clever and can’t keep a straight face very well. I also really hate awkward situations and most pranks yield in someone’s embarrassment. Jokes weren’t ever really pulled in my family, but I know some families and roommates who have never ending prank wars!
I do remember one prank I pulled. I took violin lessons from 4th-11th grade and one April 1st I thought it’d be funny to pretend I forgot my violin. I left my violin outside the door of my teacher’s classroom and told her I didn’t have it. She got a little irritated but there wouldn’t have been any harm done as she always had an extra. See, I’m not very good at the prank pulling.
I’d never thought of foods as being prank-friendly, but I was introduced to fun recipes through Food Network magazines and Pinterest. These are pranks I can get behind. Savory foods that look like desserts or cupcakes made of paper. One thing that’s always amused me are meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato frosting. So, that’s what I did!
Thanks to T.R. of Gluten Free Crumbley for challenging our imaginations with this April Fool’s #SundaySupper! Scroll past my recipe for more ideas on how to put a smile on your family’s faces.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 C finely diced onion
- 1/4 C finely diced celery
- 1/4 C finely diced carrot
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/4 C Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp ketchup, plus more for topping
- 2 C of your favorite creamy mashed potatoes
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease 9 cups of a muffin tin.
- In a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, saute onion, celery, and carrot in the olive oil. Cook until veggies are tender. Add the garlic and cook until just fragrant. Remove from heat.
- In a large bowl combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, and 1 tbsp ketchup. Add in the veggies.
- Spoon meatloaf into prepared muffin tin, pack it down. Brush tops of meatloaf with additional ketchup if desired.
- Bake 15 minutes.
- Place creamy mashed potatoes in a plastic bag, cut a corner, and pipe onto the meatloaf cupcakes.
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18 thoughts on “#SundaySupper: April Fool’s”
I’m always desperate to get my picky eaters to eat a decent dinner this may just work!
I did a very very fine dice on the veggies because I was hoping my little man (8mo) would give it a try. Works for preventing choking hazards but would also work for hiding the veggies! Good luck.
Such a fun way to eat cupcakes for dinner! So yummy, too!
Always love little individualized foods. Great post!
Me too! Thanks.
Adorable! Your mashed potato “frosting” looks perfect!
Aw, you’re sweet. Thanks.
My girls would love these little individual meatloaves! Soooo cute!
Love this! This would be great for parties, too. Little individual servings of meatloaf and mashed potatoes!
I always loved recipes like this!
Who says you can’t play with your food!? 😉
What a fun way to play with your food!
Love the bite-sized meatloaf idea! I bet kids would love these!
Forget kids, I loved these! 😉