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Go overboard with meatloaf boats

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Choosing the right recipe for your young chef can mean smooth sailing to delicious results, along with a boost of cooking confidence.

Mini Meatloaf Boats, made extra moist by the addition of whole-grain oats, are easy and fun to make and eat.

Measuring and mixing reinforce basic cooking skills, while building the cheese "sail'' is pure fun.

Sail these meatloaf boats on a "sea'' of mashed potatoes alongside a vegetable raft.

Mini Meatloaf Boats

1 pounds lean ground beef

1 cup tomato juice

cup Quaker oats

(quick or old fashioned, uncooked)

cup chopped onion

1 egg

4 to 6 teaspoons

Mexican seasoning blend


3 slices American cheese

6 thin pretzel sticks

Salsa or ketchup, as desired

Heat oven to 350?F. Combine meatloaf ingredients; mix lightly but thoroughly. Di-vide into 6 equal parts.

On rack of broiler pan, shape each into a 4-inch-by-2-inch oval loaf. Press the back of a measuring tablespoon into top of each loaf to form a depression.

Bake 25 to 28 minutes or until meatloaves register 160?F on an instant-read thermom-eter.

Remove from oven; drain off any juices. Cut each cheese slice in half diagonally.

Form "sails" by carefully inserting pretzel stick into cheese triangle. Attach "sails" to meatloaves. Fill indentations with salsa.

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