Meat and Taters Dinner…..and Cookies For Dessert

Before we get to the food, I need a shameless little vote from my readers. I am up for the best family/kids food blog from the Well Fed Network and would love to see little ol’ Picky Palate get some votes. Thanks to all of you who have supported me! Click HERE to vote, just takes a second. Thanks!


So, we just got back from a great weekend in AZ. It was so nice to see our family and friends. What about those AZ Cardinals huh? I’m pretending to be a sports fan here. I just know how excited my hubby and other male family members are for this crazy win!

I’ve got a great weeknight dinner here. These little meatloaves are great individual servings for everyone and taste incredible. It’s best to free form them and place them on top of a baking rack that is placed over a baking sheet, so the juices have somewhere to go. I found these cutest little dutch potatoes at the grocery store here in Newport. They are cute as a button and are about the size of a button. I certainly never saw these in AZ, so any cubed potato would work in it’s place. This is a satisfying and hearty meal that the whole family will enjoy, toss in a salad, and you are good to go!

The cookies below speak for themselves. Crisp around the edges, soft inside with butterscotch and Toffee bits. They are heavenly I tell you! Take a peek…

Petite Meatloaves and Garlic Herbed Dutch Potatoes


Petite Meatloaf

1 lb lean ground beef

2 eggs, beaten

3 Tablespoons milk

1 Tablespoon mustard

3 cloves fresh garlic

½ Cup grated parmesan cheese

½ Cup fresh bread crumbs (you can use the ones you get at the grocery store too)

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce

¼ Cup ketchup

6 strips ready bacon (that kind you get at Costco and you just have to microwave it)

1. Gently combine all ingredients with hands into a large bowl until just combined. Form into 6 mini loaves and place onto a baking rack lined baking sheet. Lightly brush tops with ketchup and top each with 2 bacon halves. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.


Garlic Herbed Dutch Potatoes

1 lb Dutch Potatoes, left whole, or any potato of choice cut into same size ½ inch pieces

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon garlic salt

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 Tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place all ingredients into a large bowl. Toss to combine. Place onto a large baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes or until fork tender.

4 servings


Oatmeal Butterscotch Toffee Chip Cookies

2 sticks softened butter

¾ Cup sugar

¾ Cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 ½ Cups flour

½ Cup quick oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 ½ Cups butterscotch chips

1 Cup toffee chip pieces

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.In a stand or electric mixer cream butter and sugars.Beat in egg and vanilla until well combined.In a large bowl combine flour, oats, baking soda and salt.Slowly add to wet ingredients along with the butterscotch chips and toffee bits just until combined.

2. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop onto a silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 9 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing.


Have a great week ya’ll. Thanks again for voting. I’ll be back soon with more dinner ideas and probably some treats too!!


Related Posts

34 Responses
  1. Allison

    Hello Jenny! 🙂 Thanks for another great recipe! My 1 1/2 and 3 1/2 year olds ate it up quickly and asked for more! Woo hoo! 🙂 One question, what temperature for the meatloaf? I made it tonight but had to cook it forever (I guessed 375)! Oh, and I accidentally mixed ketchup IN the meatloaf since I didn’t see the only brush it on top comment until now! Oh well!

  2. Brooke

    That meatloaf looks so yummy. One question – do you mix the 1/4 cup ketchup with the meatloaf, and then put additional ketchup on top? Or do you use the 1/4 cup ketchup to top them? Thanks!

  3. Hillary

    You are so going to win. Count wait to see you on food network. How do you think your mini meat loaves would do with ground turkey?

  4. My Sweet & Saucy

    They whole meal looks delicious! And of course I had to vote for you since your blog is the best!

  5. HoneyB

    It all looks so delicious! I will try those mini meatloaves for sure. I’m always looking for dinner ideas and you always have some awesome ones!

    BTW, I did vote for you! I think I left you a message on FB about it..

  6. Kara

    I made the meatloaf last night and it was fabulous! The fresh garlic was perfect in it. My picky eaters loved it. Thank you.

  7. Anne

    Those potatoes are so cute and it looks like a meal my husband would love. I’ll have to try the cookies, too- yum!

  8. Christy

    Your cookies look amazing! I just made ice cream with toffee bits and it was delish. I’m sure the kids will be head over heels in love with the cookies too.

  9. Kara

    All three of these recipes look wonderful! I went and voted and it looks like you have the award in the bag-over 74% of the votes! Woohoo!

  10. carol

    Meatloaf, potatoes and cookies…can’t get much better than that combo! Those are sweet little potatoes….I’ve never seen them around here-so will use the recipe with cut up potatoes.
    I just went and voted for ya…hope your blog wins! 🙂

  11. Patsyk

    I voted already! 🙂

    Those cookies look like another winner! Love the mini meatloaves, too… great idea to do individual servings.

  12. Bridgett

    Congrats, and I definitely will be putting in a vote. Oh wow, the meatloaf and potatoes looks so comforting.

  13. Donna-FFW

    Those cookies sound lovely. Buttercotch chips are a fav of my husbands. I will so have to try them. Congrats on your nomination. I have to go vote now!

  14. Bob

    You are well ahead right now. I’ll vote again if it lets me. 😉 Those cookies look wicked good, I’m going to have to try them out.

  15. Andrea

    Congratulations on the nomination! Loving those cookies. Those could do some serious damage to my diet. 🙂

  16. Katrina

    I voted once, can you vote more than once?
    Great looking M & T dinner! And yum to the cookie. I just posted a similar one, with cinnamon chips and white choc. chips.
    How fun that you got to go home!

  17. Meg

    Congrats! I will go vote. So much yummy food here! I especially love the cookies. All my favorite flavors are there!

Welcome to Picky Palate!

Picky PalateWelcome to my online kitchen! Picky Palate is where you’ll find family friendly recipes along with the best Disney eats, tips and copycat recipes! Read More...

Recipe Categories

Picky Palate Disney Hungry

Never Miss an Update!

Sign up to get easy recipes or Disney tips delivered to your inbox for FREE!