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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Meatloaf and Mushroom Gravy


I often try new recipes for meatloaf, much to the dismay of the young men who live with me (my sons). You see, they hate meatloaf. Or they think they do. They moan and groan on their way to the table. They say "Meatloaf, meatloaf, double beat loaf. I hate meatloaf" (from this movie)

But I enjoy meatloaf and so does the guy who pays the bills. ;-)

Recently, I tried a new recipe with brown gravy, because I think I pinpointed what the boys don't like about most meatloaf -- that red ketchupy stuff on top. I think I might be on to something because this time they ate the meatloaf and they actually seemed to enjoy it. I certainly did and so did dear old dad. The mushroom gravy was delish -- I could have, would have eaten on it bread.

Below are pics of my technique -- I use the trick of placing slices of white bread below my meatloaf to soak up any grease from the meat. It works great and even though I used really low-fat meat, there was still a little grease in the bread. It's a good use for those loaf ends.

Meatloaf and Mushroom Gravy
serves 6

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef (for a low-fat meatloaf use very lean meat)
3/4 c. fresh bread crumbs
1/2 c. chili sauce
1 egg
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
4 slices bread

1 c. fresh sliced mushrooms (I used 8 oz. which when sliced is more than 1 cup)
2 T. minced onion
1 T. butter
1 c. beef broth
2 T. water
1 T. cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Place 4 slices bread in 13 x 9 pan.
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, chili sauce, egg, salt, and freshly ground black pepper; mix well. Shape into a loaf.
Place loaf on bread slices.

Bake for 1 hour, or until done. Cook until internal temperature measures 160 degrees F (70 degrees C); the meat should be well done, with no trace of pink. Remove from oven, and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

While the meatloaf is resting, prepare the gravy. In a medium saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Add mushrooms and onions;

cook and stir until tender.

Add beef broth; simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine water and cornstarch in a small cup; stir into broth. Cook and stir for 1 minute, or until thickened. Pour over meatloaf.

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Sara said...

In my house, I cook for the man who works hard all day, never complaining, to put the food on the table. The kids can eat it or go to bed hungry!

I think I'll put meatloaf on the menu this week! Lol.

Renee said...

Agreed! Even though my man is a meat and potatoes guy, has serious reflux issues with his lung disease, and though I'm slowly turning him to eating lighter and less carby, he still loves a great meatloaf. Yours looks so good! The mushroom topping is perfect. And delicious looking!

I just found a recipe I'm going to try this week for the crockpot, simple and easy. That should sustain him for a bit again. hehehe

scmom (Barbara) said...

Let me know what you think. It has a little zing from the chili sauce which makes it memorable.

I used a really low fat beef for this recipe. We all get tummy trouble occasionally and this one was agreeable with everyone.

Crafty P said...

that is brilliant- the bread trick, that is.

Ketchup is a food group in this house and therefore must be served with meatloaf, but if I had my way, this recipe would be the one I would choose!

May give it a go!

Recently posted a most delicious Basil Tomato Soup at my place- give it a go!

Crafty P said...

my place being

Anonymous said...

I am generally not a fan of meatloaf either, but this looks really good, so I think I'll give it a try.

Abby said...

The bread thing is a genius idea - I'm definitely going to do that next time. Brad would eat meatloaf everyday if I made it that often!