Forming the mixture into individual portions gives this comforting meal a little elegance and charm.
MINI MEATLOAVES WITH CHILI SAUCE
1 onion, chopped
1/3 cup fresh parsley leaves
4 slices of bacon, coarsely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup boiling water
1 1/4 pound ground beef
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup chili sauce
Heat oven to to 400F.
Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
Pulse the onion, parsley, bacon and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped.
In a large bowl, combine the oats and boiling water, stirring to combine. Add the onion mixture, beef, eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and mix well by hand.
Shape the mixture into 4 small loaves on the prepared baking sheet. Brush 1/2 cup of the chili sauce over the top, and bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes.
Turn the broiler on high, brush the loaves with the remaining 1/4 cup chili sauce, and broil until browned in spots, about 2 minutes.
Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking, October/November 2015