Individual meat loaves

Makes 12-15 mini loaves

3 tablespoons butter or olive oil

2 large onions, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

3 lbs. Ground chuck meat

8 oz. Canned tomato sauce

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup soft bread crumbs

2 tablespoons Tabasco Chipotle pepper sauce

1/2 cup cheddar or parmesan cheese

1 cup good quality tomato ketchup

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

12-15 mini-loaf pans or muffin pans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium low heat. Add the onion, and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, until soft. Put the cooled onion and garlic mixture in a large bowl and add all the remaining ingredients, except the ketchup, and mix.

Place 3/4-1 cup of meat loaf mixture in mini loaf pans or muffin pans. Brush eat meat loaf with a tablespoon of ketchup. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until browned and cooked through.

Note: The meat loaves can be made ahead of time. Let cool and freeze on a baking sheet, then package in freezer bags. When ready to serve, defrost and reheat in a 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 15-20 minutes.

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