1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 finely chopped carrot
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup ketchup, divided
½ LBS ground beef
½ LBS ground turkey (i like dark meat)
½ LBS ground pork
1 cup panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350°.
Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, chopped carrot and minced garlic (these can all be placed in a food processor to save chopping time. You might have to cook them a little longer to help remove some of the moisture the processor adds to the vegetables when chopped); sauté 2 minutes. Cool.
Combine onion mixture, 1/2 cup ketchup, and the remaining ingredients except cooking spray in a large bowl.
With your hand form the meat mixture into balls and divide into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Top each with 2 teaspoons ketchup. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Note- You can use any combo of ground meat. I prefer pork, beef and veal. Bison also is a nice addition. If I am feeling decadent I grind up French’s Fried Onion and use those in place of breadcrumbs.