Bitesize “TV Dinner” Meatloaf Appetizer and the Academy Awards

Bitesize meatloaf appetizers
It’s Academy Awards time again!  Which means it’s time to plan for an unforgettable Oscar’s party! What better way to celebrate the glitz and glam of some incredibly powerful movies by some of the best names in the business than by creating a menu to reflect said movies.

Last year my friend and fellow blogger Haley at Cheap Recipe Blog had the wonderful idea of creating a themed party based on all the movies that were nominated for Best Picture. You can see last year’s links here. We had so much fun with it in 2015 we decided to repeat it again this year! Each blogger was given a movie and told to create an appetizer or dessert that reflected the movie in one way or another.

This year my movie was Bridge of Spies about the Cold War and the story of an insurance attorney who risks it all to exchange hostages of an American pilot and student stuck in East Germany and the USSR for a Soviet spy stuck in the USA.

Much like my movie nominee from last year, there was little to no eating in the movie, but there were a lot of worried families sitting around the TV watching the news… Which made me think of TV dinners as a family sat around the TV at meal time to catch up on the news.

Since the point of this “blog party” is to throw a party I thought it would be fun to turn the normal TV dinner scenario into an appetizer tray of bite-size fun.

Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes appetizers; delicious and ready to be eaten as finger food!

Bitesize “TV Dinner” Meatloaf Appetizer

Meatball and Potato Appetizers

The meatloaf is inspired by Ina Garten’s meatloaf recipe as I just love how the chicken broth in her recipe makes the meatloaf perfectly moist.

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Meatloaf Appetizer Bites
Meatloaf Appetizer Bites
Meatloaf Appetizer Bites
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a pan heat olive oil and add minced garlic and onion. Cook until translucent, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add thyme and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Remove mixture from heat and add chicken broth, worcestershire sauce, tomato paste and yellow mustard.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together egg, ground beef and bread crumbs.
  4. Combine liquid mixture with meat mixture. Roll meat mixture into 1.5 inch balls.
  5. Grease all edges of a cupcake pan. Place meatballs in the cupcake pan and top with ketchup or mustard (if so desired).
  6. Place in oven and cook for 45 to 55 minutes or until completely cooked through. Remove by sliding a knife along the sides of the meatloaf before removing, in order to maintain shape. Serve warm.
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Meatball and Mashed Potato Appetizer TV Dinner bites

Mashed Potato Appetizers

The mashed potato appetizers are even easier. Mix up instant mashed potatoes per instructions on box. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Make round 1.5 inch mashed potato balls and lay on a greased pan. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes until slightly browned. Serve topped with sour cream, cheese and chives (if desired).

So grab your Academy Award movies, your TV tray full of goodies and enjoy the show!

TV Dinner Meatloaf

Academy Awards Blog Round Up

Now I promised an Academy Awards party for ALL the best picture nominations. These ladies have been hard at work creating some amazing dishes- read up and dig in.

2016 Oscars Inspired Recipes

Mix and match all of these great recipes for your Oscar’s Party this weekend!

The Big Short: Jenga Veggie Towers with Creamy Cilantro Dip from Flour Arrangements

Bridge of Spies: Bitesize “TV Dinner” Meatloaf Appetizers from Pickles Travel

Brooklyn: Chocolate Stout Cannoli from Femme Fraiche

Mad Max: Fury Road: Ruby Red Grapefruitcello from Making It With Stephany

The Martian: Homemade Cheddar and Chive Tater Tots from The Honour System

The Revenant: Crock Pot Ribs from Dining With Alice

Room: Victoria Sandwich Cake from Savoury Table

Spotlight: Cheesy Boston Clam Dip from Cheap Recipe Blog

14 Thoughts on “Bitesize “TV Dinner” Meatloaf Appetizer and the Academy Awards

  1. Karen HarrisNo Gravatar on February 15, 2016 at 1:50 pm said:

    OMG, love this idea. All of my favorite foods, bite size. I can’t wait to give these a try.

  2. I heart this idea! The man of the house is a real meat and potatoes guy, so I can see this being a big hit. Great photography too! Love the styling.

    • Greta AlmsNo Gravatar on February 15, 2016 at 5:03 pm said:

      I know exactly what you mean! My husband was mad that I kept some apart for taking the photos because he just wanted to eat them all right away.

  3. Haley @ Cheap Recipe BlogNo Gravatar on February 15, 2016 at 4:42 pm said:

    GRETA! Clever, clever, clever :) This tray and styling has such a great vintage vibe to it. I just love it :)
    And true story: I just rented Bridge of Spies. You sold it!
    Thanks for participating again :)

    • Greta AlmsNo Gravatar on February 15, 2016 at 5:03 pm said:

      Thank YOU for making it happen! It’s always fun to see how everyone does these- I love the diversity- both in the movies and the appetizers!

  4. Alice SeuffertNo Gravatar on February 15, 2016 at 6:17 pm said:

    This is such a great way to take inspiration from the movie! Love the mini aspect! Great for a party but also my kids would love these! Thanks for a great recipe!

  5. Femme FraîcheNo Gravatar on February 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm said:

    These are so utterly adorable and I love how on a small bite like this, you get so much more browned, crisp surface area per mouthful. That’s what we’re all chasing with meatloaf, isn’t it? :) I wish I had that tray in front of me for dinner right now!

  6. Love these little bites! I totally need to find a little cafeteria tray for serving! Just perfect!

    • Greta AlmsNo Gravatar on February 16, 2016 at 2:24 pm said:

      Thanks Suzanne- Aren’t those trays cute!! I have the trays in pink and blue and love them- perfect for potluck dinners when you want to try a little bit of everything…

  7. StephanyNo Gravatar on February 16, 2016 at 1:25 pm said:

    Fanciest TV dinner in town! So mod and tasty! Num!

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  9. Steven PonderNo Gravatar on February 21, 2016 at 11:06 am said:

    This is so awesome! I’m gonna have to try this meatloaf recipe!

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