I'm slightly amused by the fact that this blog post is about a backwards dinner and that I'm posting it at the opposite time of day than my normal blogging occurs.
Anyhow, this is a fun little meal to make for you children. Adults aren't easily fooled by the backwards food because we rely so heavily on the smell of food. And it's more about trickery than incredible taste. So don't try and use it for a date night in with your spouse. Unless they've lost their sense of smell, of course.
However, this meal is perfect for young children because they've yet to establish firm connections with certain foods smelling a certain way.They'll also love the surprise of it, especially when you tell them they'll get to eat cupcakes before their dinner.
Pat your favorite meatloaf recipe into a muffin tin that has been lined with paper cups. Feel free to use this one, I won't mind. :)
Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until the meatloaf is cooked through.
Meanwhile, whip up some instant mashed potatoes. They provide a more frosting-like texture than "real" mashed potatoes. For an even creamier texture, substitute cream cheese in the place of butter in your mashed potatoes.
Pipe the mashed potatoes right on top of your "cupcakes."
My daughter was so confused when she took a big lick of her "frosting."
Now, for dessert...or dinner. Uh?
Spread peanut butter onto a log shaped wafer cookie. I used nutter butters but if you could find a smaller wafer cookie, use that because they'll be more convincing.
Roll the peanut buttered wafer cookie into crushed corn flakes. Serve with strawberry jelly ("ketchup") to dip your fish sticks in.
Have fun playing a little joke on your kiddos! Let go of the seriousness of dinner for one night create a humorous menu.