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If you’ve known me for any length of time, you know I am 200% obsessed with the 60s and Mid Century Modern design. I love the decor, the style of homes, the colors, designs, and anything sleek and modern that complements that era. I am also pretty fond of fondue, as well (did you see what I did there? ;)) and throwing parties. I have thrown quite a few of fondue parties in my time, and I love it! It’s such a great way to try a variety and combination of different flavors and foods, and it always brings party guests together in conversation and laughs. And also, food is love, so it’s a great way to honor it in a fun and social way. I wanted to throw another party involving fondue and a baked potato bar, but with a twist AND with a fun bite sized recipe that’s great for kids and adults alike– cheesy meatloaf bites. Such an easy recipe to make!
I recently stumbled upon an older recipe for meatloaf that is way simpler than some other recipes I have tried in my time as a cook. No more measuring spices, no more dicing bread or crunching crackers, just dump everything together with a special ingredient, and you’re ready to bake!
This recipe is absolutely delicious; I recommend it to everyone. Would you like to know what the key ingredient is?
A box of stuffing mix.
Yep, you heard that right– a cheap box of stuffing mix! It makes the dish so flavorful in such a simple and quick way. For this particular party, I wanted to make this easy recipe a twist, so I added Borden® Cheese to give it an ooey, gooey, delicious personality. The cheese definitely helped to transform this recipe and take its fanciness up a few notches!
For this recipe, you need 2 pounds of ground meat (I used beef), 1 box of turkey stuffing mix, 1 egg, and 1 cup of water. Dump all of it into a big bowl and mix it completely. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the bread from the stuffing mix to absorb the water and soften. Preheat the oven to 375.
Grease two muffin tins with oil and press a large spoonful of the meatloaf mixture into the bottom of the pan. Layer a generous helping of Borden® Cheese Finely Shredded Mild Cheddar Shreds on top, and cover it with another layer of meatloaf mixture. Add a little bit of ketchup or barbecue sauce to the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
My party goers (and I) really loved this cheesy bonus in the middle of their bite-sized meatloaves. It is SO good! You definitely need to give it a try.
- 2 lbs ground meat (I used beef)
- 1 box stuffing mix
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups Borden® Cheese Finely Shredded Mild Cheddar Shreds
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Combine all ingredients except ketchup and cheese in a large bowl. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes or so, so the bread in the stuffing mix can soften up.
- Press a spoonful of meatloaf mixture into the bottom a greased muffin tin. Repeat until you have 2 dozen muffin wells filled.
- Sprinkle a large pinch of cheese on top of pressed-down meat.
- Press down another spoonful of meatloaf mixture on top of cheese and tuck the edges into each tin.
- Squirt ketchup on the top in a fancy pattern. Pat yourself on the back!
- Bake for 30-35 minutes.
I found my Borden® Cheese at Reasor’s, but check out this store locator to find Borden® Cheese near you! I used Borden® Cheese Finely Shredded Mild Cheddar Shreds in the meatloaf recipe and Borden® Cheese Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar Shreds in the fondue recipe. Feel free to search for any cheddar cheese fondue recipe, and use Borden® Cheese as the brand of choice for these recipes. They are well worth it!
Now, onto the party planning portion of my post! I really love how this fancy “Spud Party” turned out!
Using pretty much everything from my vintage and at-home stash, minus a few purchased creations, I gave this potato bar party a fancy, yet easy, vintage twist at a very low cost!
I made this beautiful paper bunting from scrapbook paper, markers and ribbon– all of which I found at home, already on hand. If you want to see how I created it, please check out my Facebook Live video where I demonstrated with my online community how easy it is to make your own.
I, of course, got some really great feedback with them. They helped me pick out the shape of the banner paper pieces and the style of the font on them. Everything was drawn and cut by hand and something to be very proud of!
I made these tiered servers, using serving trays and candle holders. I glued them to one another using a really great glue.
I bought this beautiful modern vintage decanter some time ago, and I have used it for a lot of parties to serve drinks in. This time, I came up with the idea to use it as a vase, and I can’t lie– I absolutely love how beautifully it turned out! Who knew such a simple and frugal decor idea could make such a pop for a party plan!
On this side, I used a vintage 3-section serving tray as a place to offer pats of butter and scoops of sour cream for the potatoes, in a fancy way of course.
My fondue pot is on display, as well, and is a mighty fine addition to the decor, even though it’s not a vintage item. I used a burlap table runner I had purchased some time ago to give the party spread a little pop of muted color and variety of texture. The tablecloth underneath it is a sheer curtain-type fabric that has specks of glitter woven into it. I love how well it all brings everything together! I pinned it at the front of the table to on both sides, to give it a swagged look. The salt and pepper shakers were given to me as a gift from my husband’s uncle. He made them for me a few years ago, and I love them! They possess vintage style in every way.
Here’s my baked potato bar, spud party idea, all in a nutshell, and all for your viewing pleasure. I hope you can gain some inspiration from it so you can create a beautiful party spread for you guests!
Tell me in the comments below– do you enjoy throwing parties? Have you ever had a baked potato bar party or a fondue party? I’d love to know how you set up your parties! I also want to know– what are your thoughts on Borden® Cheese? If you’re local to me, I am sure you’re very aware of Borden® Cheese and probably have used it yourself!
Be sure to tell me down below what recipes and party plans you like to make for you and your friends and family that you love. I’d love to know!