You may be wondering... What are Bambi Cakes? Well if you have a husband who likes to hunt like I do, then you probably have a lot of lean ground meat. Generally my husband harvests 1 deer each year or occasionally an elk. So these are small venison meatloaves. We really like meatloaf around here but in the summer I don't like to have my oven on for very long so I decided to bake mini- meatloaves in a muffin pan and chop down that bake time significantly. Now if you don't have venison you can substitute lean ground beef or turkey. I guess they'd be called Beef Cakes?
|This photo only has the first few ingredients, but you get the idea.|
Meatloaf: combine the following ingredients in a bowl.
- ~ lbs ground venison (when I packaged our burger I filled a ziploc w/ 1 1/2 cups of meat). It has pretty much zero fat in it, because deer fat doesn't keep well we remove it all before grinding.
- 1/2 Tbsp minced dry onion
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 clove garlic minced (1/2 tsp of garlic minced in a jar)
- 3 saltine crackers crushed by hand
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1/3 c. finely grated carrot
To top them I made an asian inspired glaze for the adults and just put Ketchup spirals on the kiddos'.
3 Tbsp hoisin sauce (love this stuff)
1 tsp white vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
Spoon sauce onto the raw Bambi cakes (you could also use your favorite BBQ sauce (like Bullseye which is now made w/out high Fructose corn syrup) For meatloaf I often make a simple BBQ sauce with 2 parts Ketchup 1 part brown sugar and 1/2 part Worcestershire and maybe some mustard.
Bake for 30-40 minutes until they look super hot and bubbly. Cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan so it can re-absorb all it's juices. Put your pan to soak after removing the meat and it will wash up easily after dinner.
ENJOY! We ate them with Brown Rice Pilaf (from my Recommendations page) and grapes. The kids loved them too. On Friday we had them again with corn on the cob.