Mean Chef's Meatloaf With Mushroom Gravy
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- Ready In:
- 1hr 30mins
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large white onion, finely chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1⁄2 teaspoon chopped thyme leaves
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard, plus
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 1 cup milk
- 2 lbs ground beef (equal parts beef, pork, and veal preferred)
- 2⁄3 cup crushed saltine
- 1⁄4 cup minced flat leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt
- 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
- 8 ounces thinly sliced bacon
Mushroom Gravy recipe 66984
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cups thinly sliced mushrooms (8 ounces)
- 1⁄4 cup unbleached flour
- 2 1⁄2 cups vegetable stock (store-bought or homemade)
- 1⁄4 cup dry red wine
- 2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
- fresh ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Pour the oil into a sauté pan and set over medium-high heat.
- Add the onion and garlic and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- In a mixing bowl, stir together the eggs, thyme, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, and milk.
- Place the ground meat into another bowl and pour the egg mixture over the meat.
- Add the saltines, parsley, onion, and garlic to the bowl.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Roll up your sleeves, and knead the meat together with the other ingredients until well blended (if you like, cook a small portion of the mixture in a pan, taste, and adjust seasoning).
- Transfer to a cookie sheet and form into a loaf.
- If using the bacon, wrap the slices lengthwise over the top and tuck them under the loaf, to completely cover the meat.
- Bake for 1 hour or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the loaf reads 160 degrees.
- If the bacon on the top is not as crisp as you would like, put the meatloaf under the broiler for a few minutes.
- Remove from the oven and set aside to rest for 5 minutes.
- Slice and serve with mushroom gravy (recipe#66984) and mashed potatoes recipe#104098.
- Mushroom Gravy (recipe#66984): Melt the butter in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the mushrooms and sauté until brown, about 7 minutes.
- Stir in the flour; it will become very pasty.
- Cook this roux for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- It will stick to the bottom of the pan a little bit; that's okay.
- Stir in the stock, wine, soy sauce, and pepper, and bring to a boil.
- Cook the sauce at a lively simmer for 5 minutes, stirring almost constantly and scraping any crusty bits that adhere to the bottom of the pan.
- Serve in a sauceboat.
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Absolutely the best meatloaf recipe ever. I didn't saute the onions and garlic. Just threw everything together and put it in a loafpan as I didn't want to wrap it in the bacon. It took about 1.5 hours to get to the right internal temperature. The gravy was delicious as well. I used beef broth since I used all beef for the meat. Have given the recipe to many others since last weekend and even those that normally hate meatloaf have loved this one. It's on the menu again tonight for us. Will put in different types of mushrooms this time to change it up a bit but we are both salivating waiting for dinner time.
Good flavour in general, but too salty for my family's liking. And 1 cup of milk was way too much liquid. I had to add tons of bread crumbs to make the mix solid enough and even then I needed to use a loaf pan. After letting it sit for 10 minutes the loaf fell apart when I turned it out. I probably will not make this again.
I'm not a big meatloaf fan, but I liked this because it didn't have the traditional ketchup glaze. However, I was not too fond of the gravy. Added some sour cream and it was more to my liking. I used 2.75 lbs. of ground chuck and kept all the seasoning measurements the same and it still had a nice flavor....maybe would be too much if only used 2 lbs of beef???
5 stars for taste. I used a combination of ground pork and extra lean ground beef. I had to add more crushed saltines as the mixture was too wet. Next time I would cut back on the milk and not add the entire cup. I substituted beef stock for the vegetable stock in the sauce, as I had some handy. If I was serving meat loaf to company, this is the recipe I would prepare.