Thanksgiving Meatloaf Muffins

FRIDAYYYYY! I AM STOKED. This is the last weekend (hopefully) where I’ll have to dedicate some time with my face in a book then Monday 12.30 pm- DONEZO. (Laguna beach fans?)

Before we get into a #strangebutgood recipe- I wanted to say I’m really excited to roll out {selfie +} ‘Spill it, Sundays’ starting next week! On Monday I’ll post the details and hopefully have the button and link up tools all in place, along with the theme and associated questions! If anyone has a theme idea for the first week, let me know!

I have two buttons (excuse my unartistic abilities)– If you can let me know which you prefer it’d be awesome! The only main difference is the lady in the second picture has a moustache.. cos moustaches are HAWT.

Option 1- 

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Option 2-

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Also, you guys have two days left to enter the SunButter giveaway! Winners will be announced Monday!


I’ve mentioned it before, but in 2011, I studied a semester abroad in Upstate New York for Fall semester. One thing I was excited to experience was the infamous holiday Thanksgiving. Little did I know, the college was closed during this period. Fail. Whale. So what did I do? I watched the Macy’s Parade in the city whilst munching on a turkey and swiss sandwich from Starbucks.

The week after, one of my American friends invited me over to experience a belated Thanksgiving with him and his family. It was without a doubt one of the highlights of my entire trip- such a fantastic atmosphere, fantastic people and let’s face it- amazing food.

I still recall being taken aback by the dessert like take on sweet potatoes (it came with marshmallows and brown sugar!) and pumpkin made in a pieHere in Australia both these vegetables are eaten strictly savoury! I recall the mouthwatering savoury bread pudding and stuffing mix. Of course the piece de la resistance was the Turkey. A whole bird carved from board straight to my plate. Bliss. Oh, and lets not forget the cranberry sauce!

Seeing as Thanksgiving is not celebrated here in Australia, I want to pay homage to my time in America and that amazing dinner with a recipe which incorporates all my favourite parts of the dinner. Sweet potato? Check! Turkey? Check! Cranberries? Check! All that was missing was the infamous stuffing. However, I was fortunate that Lindsay sent me a little care package a few weeks ago with a box of stuffing mix!

During my food prep last weekend, instead of making generic meatball muffins, I swapped out the basics for some more ‘Thanksgiving friendly’ ingredients and came up with a Thanksgiving meal in one- The Thanksgiving ‘Everything’ Muffin.

I give thanks to Laura for hosting this link up- Check out her page for other creative creations. I also give thanks to Kierston for the collation of mouthwatering recipes within the past week!

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Thanksgiving ‘Everything’ Muffin

Thanksgiving everything muffins

Makes- 10 muffins


  • 500 grams ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup Three Bakers herb seasoned stuffing (can sub for chopped toasted bread or seasoned  bread crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 1/2 onion, chopped finely
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries (If frozen, allow to thaw completely first)
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and grease a muffin tray generously with spray oil.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the stuffing mix and 1/4 cup of water and allow to soak for 5 minutes. Mixture should still be relatively thick.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add ground turkey, mashed sweet potato, onion, minced garlic, herbs, garlic powder and onion powder. Add the stuffing mixture and stir until fully combined. Slowly stir in the cranberries.
  4. Divide the mixture equally amongst the 10 muffin tins/on the tray and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Test to see if its cooked by inserting a skewer in the centre- muffins should be moist, but void of excess liquid.
  5. Remove from oven and serve immediately, or allow to cool completely and refrigerate (up to 5 days) or freeze in portions for a quick meal in a pinch!

    Thanksgiving Everything Muffins
    Thanksgiving Everything Muffins

Note- If you don’t have cranberries on hand, you can try with fresh blueberries. Do NOT use dried cranberries as that would change the texture and flavour. You can sub the sweet potato for another sweet mashed starch (like kabocha or pumpkin).

Hope you all have a great weekend- be happy, be healthy, be wise.

What themes/questions (outside of food and fitness) would you like to see for Spill it, Sundays? 

Favourite type of muffin? 

Any big plans for the weekend? 

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71 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Meatloaf Muffins

  1. Huge plans for the weekend. All involving wine.

    Good luck for Monday, sure with all your study and hard work you will do well for sure.

    My favourite kind of Cupcakes / Muffins are definitely Carrot Cake ones all the way. Those ones look great.

    I definitely like the second graphic better, got to love anything with moustaches but I must say the severe lack of a cat in it is somewhat troubling.

    As for topics non health and fitness I think it could really be anything – how is that for vague? It could be something like ‘favourites’ like a set list of favourite things like favourite holiday, favourite ever book / tv show >>> yep thinking my idea is lame and sure someone else will have a better one.

    1. Hope you have no wine hangover or if you do…some cheeky breakfast cake can dampen it 😉

      Ohh I LOVE carrot cake but never had it in a muffin form before. I wonder if taste influences shape lol. I think slowly, the blog world is being taken over by cats and pugs.

  2. Spill it Sunday’s sounds awesome! Theme… most embarrassing moment in public? Always good for a giggle 😉 I’m determined to celebrate thanksgiving despite living in the UK, even if it is just an excuse for me to roast turkey and make those muffins!

    1. PS! I like the moustache/lips option but I feel like the hat could be jauntier… a top hat!? Love either though!

  3. I love the buttons!! I’m sorry, but I can not decide which one I like better.
    I am so jealous of the Americans and Canadians and their Thanksgiving. All that foooood and celebration!! I love the idea of your Everything muffins! So #strangebutgood.
    This weekend I will be on a crazy girlstrip. With lots of champagne, hysteric laughter and not to forget – goooood foooood!!!

  4. “Which in thosedays was known as ‘walking bird’. We’d always have walking bird on Thanksgiving with all the trimmings”

    I cannot think of Thanksgiving and turkey without that coming to mind 😛

    Sweet potatoes and marshmallows? How can I have lived a day without even known such a combination existed! It’s totally foreign. Totally.

    One day, fingers crossed and god willing, I’ll get to experience a true Thanksgiving. It’s the image of that basted, roasted, glaze-tastic turkey being carved that is forever in my mind as the ultimate foodie’s holiday. Drools..

    1. Haha no stress. Man, I thought it was a joke when they brought that out on a plate….or the fact that they told me they typical ate sweet potatoes with brown sugar and butter.

      Go to America during the Thanksgiving holiday week and invite yourself over to someone’s house- thats the ONLY way to experience it (unlike a turkey and swiss sandwich from starbucks…oops)

  5. You are on a roll with your savory muffins! These are on my “to make” list, – the combination of all the savory ingredients with the tartly sweet cranberries is truly fascinating!!!
    My fav muffin – peanut butter + chocolate <3; but, I have not had a savory muffin yet.

    Both buttons look good, but I prefer the 2nd tad more. Sorry but I dont have any suggestions – just random questions that we could answer – I guess kinda like the questions sent out in the Liebster award or Sunshine award?

    One year for Thanksgiving I went to a friends place and she had sweet potatoes combined with orange juice and jest and egg and spices to form almost a gooey custard and she had topped that with these caramelized cinnamon pecans/walnuts combo! Oh My! Talk about bliss!!!

  6. You know… I have yet to try a savoury muffin — I keep meaning to make some, but I run into a mental roadblock somewhere along the way that things that muffins have to be sweet. I’m not even sure why, either, since I’ve already decided that oats are fine when they’re savoury 😛 I do think I’ll have to whip up some kind of Thanksgiving recipe next week though… We Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving, but that was way back in October and I don’t want to get jealous when I see all the delicious dinners that our neighbours to the south are enjoying.

    1. You need to try a savoury muffin- I grew up with my mum making cheese versions so find the concept sort of normal.. I guess! These are more like meatloaf ‘muffins’- I could have just chucked it in a baking dish and sufficed :p

      Oh no. Please don’t let it be something sweet. I don’t know how much more sweet recipes I can add to my list…

  7. be happy, be healthy, be wise. <– LOVE. These muffins look adorable. I wish I was celebrating Thanksgiving again this year. This is the first year in four years I haven't gotten the double duty… #spoiled. I like the 2nd button! Can't wait for you to be donezoooo (yes I love Laguna Beach)

  8. Spill it Sunday’s sound awesome! it will really get us to bond and share things we wouldn’t think about sharing! I’ll be joining for sure. Awesome Idea Arman. I like the 2nd button!
    I can’t believe you guys don’t eat sweet pumpkin. I don’t think I ever has savory! I’m glad you got to experience what thanksgiving is all about here. I love spending time with my big family!

  9. How do you pick from those two fabulous options? On the one hand I like the more serious, sophisticated version… but who can say no to cowboy hats and mustaches?

    Oh. The ingredients in these muffins completely caught me off guard. I was expecting more of your typical muffin with just some sprinkling of Thanksgiving-ness. These are superb!

    1. Haha, Thanks Madison- sophisticated one it is! I actually lol’d right now reading ‘sprinkling of thanksgiving-ness’. I’ll keep that in mind if I want to post a Christmas ‘muffin’ recipe where it would actually be just a plain banana muffin with some tinsel in the decorations around it.

  10. I love the Thanksgiving everything muffin! I also like the second option for spill it Sunday- too funny. The sweet potatoes with marshmallows are the sole reason I love Thanksgiving so much cause it’s the only day of the year I eat them. No plans this weekend except to be a total bum and relax! 🙂

  11. I really think I need to experience an American Thanksgiving one year – we don’t seem to make as big of a deal about it as Americans do! One day.
    And favourite kind of muffin – Morning Glory. Basically, they’re usually carrot muffins but with raisins, nuts, coconut, and sometimes pineapple. Basically, a muffin with everything delicious stuffed inside! I’ve never actually made a savoury muffin before though.

    1. You need to try the savoury muffin….I’ve been using these as a protein source for quick dinners. So easy, so good. My friend makes these egg and steak muffins where in the middle is gravy. Amazing. If I put 50 different things in my yogurt bowls, I’m renaming it a morning glory.

  12. I absolutely love Thanksgiving! As you know, it’s my favorite holiday ever. It’s all about food and most importantly, family. Seeing as I’m a very family oriented person, that’s the part of the holiday that I love the most! I’ve actually never tried out a savory muffin before, but I’m awfully intrigued by the concept. I have to say, yours look awfully delicious though! They’d actually be a perfect grab and go breakfast, especially during the week! Have a fabulous weekend Arman and thanks again for guest posting! 🙂

    1. If I ever am in America around the thanksgiving holiday, I’ve already invited myself to your family gathering…just saying 😉

      I’ve been relying on these muffins as a protein serving when I’ve been lazy at night lol. Thank YOU for letting me guest post- I loved writing it!

  13. My car is dunzoooooo. You, me and Kristin Cavallari in Languna beach. Let’s make it happen!

    Your artistic abilities are 10x better than mine will ever be. Now getting me to blog on a Sunday is a whole other issue. Might have to do it for you!

  14. I’m glad you got to experience a, late, thanksgiving while you were in the US. It’s one of my favorite holidays as its just so nice to spend time with the friends and family you love. These muffins sound like a great way to use leftovers in a fun new way!

  15. What a great idea for Thanksgiving leftovers! The local grocery stores near me sell green colored Pistacho Muffins which are delicious, and maybe also #strangebutgood.

  16. Thanks for the muffin, Aussie ;). Yep, the sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows dish is an American favorite, ’cause we FATTIES who need to put gallons of sugar into our vegetables. Mmm mmm good.

    Definitely the second pic for the linkup. That hat is fab.

  17. Um, hello? What about Canadian Thanksgiving? Why do you always forget about me.

    Oddly enough, I work for an American company so I get all of their holidays off. Maybe I should cook a turkey dinner next week?! JUST FOR MEEEEEE. I’ll fed ex you some stuff.

    I love pumpkin spice muffins with cream cheese frosting. Oh wait, that’s a cupcake. Same thing.


    1. Oh just go join the cast of Degrassi.

      Look who’s being all greedy here getting the perks of both countries. Please do so with the turkey- I love turkey but can’t be bothered roasting an entire one. You do the hard work, I do the eating.

      Is there actually a difference between a muffin and a cupcake? I need to research this.


  18. i like the second button because it’s got color 🙂
    i like the laguna beach reference 🙂 i said a sad farewell to laguna beach / the hills when it was all dunzo!
    and i like your muffins! (even though i don’t do meat)…but i know a few people who do and they would looooove these!

  19. Great idea with the muffins! That’s a bummer you missed the original Thanksgiving when you were in the states, but so awesome you had a friend invite you over for a belated one. 🙂 I do agree w/you that marshmallows & brown sugar on the sweet potatoes is a little… odd, but delicious. I do like me some sweet taters. 😉

  20. I’m so glad you’re doing a link up on Sundays! No one ever posts blogs on Sundays, there’s like never anything for me ever to read T_T

  21. Yum! I make turkey muffins all the time, but with lentils instead of the Thanksgiving twist … will have to try your version!! Love that you’re getting into the Thanksgiving spirit with all of us over here :). I like the first graphic, but both are cute!!

  22. Wow that really is Thanksgiving in muffin form. Talk about creative. You need to check out the restaurant Melt here in Cleveland. It’s a grilled cheese sandwich place and much like your muffin, they put Thanksgiving on two slices of bread.
    It’s my job to bring the sweet potatoes and the bread this year. Um hello Breadsmith. They are selling four pounds of French Peasant Bread in the shape of a turkey. It’s fantastic. I’ll post a picture on IG. I plan on bringing a savory sweet potato, which I bet is going to surprise most people who are looking for that awful marshmallow filled creation. You can’t even taste the sweet potatoes underneath all that nonsense. We’ll see if I get invited back. 🙂

    1. When I come visit the States next year, after we go to the Breadsmith and get sexy breath from the onion bread.. we’ll chill in bread comas before hitting up melt to get the Thanksgiving sandwich. That sounds borderline illegal.

      OHHH I can’t wait to see that creation- and seriously why wreck a perfectly sweet potato? If you no longer get invited, just come to Australia. Anything sweet potato and savoury and you’re basically the new Miranda Kerr.

      1. You’ll need to stay for a few days because they have different specialty breads available on different days of the week.
        Melt is borderline illegal and worth every bite. Even if it does take me two sittings to eat it all.
        I would love to bring my sweet potatoes to Australia.

  23. Yes yes YES!!! I love sweet and savory combos!! And seriously, the turkey, sweet potatoes, and cranberries are the three things I love most in the Thanksgiving day spread! I love adding cranberry sauce to my turkey sandwiches too!

    I don’t think I could turn down ANY muffin! Blueberry, pumpkin, banana, strawberry…gah, MUST EAT ALL THE MUFFINS!!!

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