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- 

Spill it, Sunday option 2

Option 2-

Spill it, Sundays code

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!

  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!

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