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Mushroom Meatloaf

An easy recipe for mushroom meatloaf lovers. Serve with a gravy of your choice and pair it with a side of mashed potatoes and sauteed greens.

I’ve been hearing how meatloaf is boring or how no one really likes meatloaf compared to oh, a trendy plate of meatballs. So I’ve always made it a point to make sure the meatloaves on here are never boring, or at the very least slightly unconventional from the standard ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, some seasonings and a layer of ketchup.

People liked my Italian-style meatloaf. Maybe it was that promising layer of melted cheese.

An easy recipe for mushroom meatloaf lovers. Serve with a gravy of your choice and pair it with a side of mashed potatoes and sauteed greens.

So today let’s try a mushroom meatloaf.  You’ll need gravy as part of the magic. Any kind of gravy you want although I’d recommend either mushroom, onion, beef or Marsala. You’ll want to douse it in tons of gravy and have it with a side of mashed potatoes with maybe more gravy. Because you can never have enough of gravy.

An easy recipe for mushroom meatloaf lovers. Serve with a gravy of your choice and pair it with a side of mashed potatoes and sauteed greens.

There it is. All the ingredients you’ll need to make it happen. Ground beef, breadcrumbs, mushrooms, onions, garlic, eggs and some seasonings of Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. I had fun putting it all together like that and yeah it looks like a lot but I actually managed to mix it all up in that bowl. Use your hands of course. No dainty mixing with mixing spoons. Your hands are your best tools here, so dive right into it. It’ll be pliable, make squishy noises but will obey your touch.

An easy recipe for mushroom meatloaf lovers. Serve with a gravy of your choice and pair it with a side of mashed potatoes and sauteed greens.

And it definitely doesn’t take as much time as shaping meatballs. Mix, mix, mix and then command it to become a loaf. Not a very pretty loaf but it’ll look better later. Heck, you can even shape it any which way you want. A star, a pie, a volcano…but it may be tougher distributing the creative ones equally.

As for the mushrooms, you can use shiitake or portobello. Shiitake was kinda expensive so I went with portobello mushrooms. Do yourself a favor and buy them pre-sliced if you can. The bulk of the work is blitzing it in a food processor so it’s finely chopped. It didn’t pulse well in the blender for me so I had to use my teeny tiny food processor and do it in batches of one million. So pre-sliced mushrooms will cut down some of your time at the very least.

Then we bake it. At this point you can sit there twiddling your thumbs, or clean up, or go chase the cat around the house. It’ll take about 45 minutes but that’s really not bad for one of those cook-once-eat-all-week-long meals.Unless you’re cooking for plenty of company.

An easy recipe for mushroom meatloaf lovers. Serve with a gravy of your choice and pair it with a side of mashed potatoes and sauteed greens.

Let it rest a little so it doesn’t fall apart when you cut it. The longer you let it rest, the easier it is to slice through it without having meatloaf bits everywhere. Still doesn’t look all that great by itself, I know. That’s where the gravy comes in. It is a package deal. Since I apparently suck at making gravy, I’ve left the option for you guys to pick your favorite, whether it’s a gravy mix, canned gravy or making it from scratch. I used mushroom gravy here.

An easy recipe for mushroom meatloaf lovers. Serve with a gravy of your choice and pair it with a side of mashed potatoes and sauteed greens.

And there you have it. Doesn’t this look so much better? Now bring in those mashed potatoes and maybe some sauteed greens and you have one heck of a dinner.

But if you’re still not convinced and want some meatballs aaaaanyway…here’s an army of Parmesan meatballs or a dainty plate of spaghetti and meatballs for you!

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An easy recipe for mushroom meatloaf lovers. Serve with a gravy of your choice and pair it with a side of mashed potatoes and sauteed greens.

Mushroom Meatloaf


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 lb. shiitake/portobello mushrooms
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Pulse the onions, garlic and mushrooms in a food processor until finely chopped
  2. Combine beef, breadcrumbs, mushroom mixture, eggs and seasonings and mix thoroughly
  3. Shape it into a loaf with your hands and place it in a greased baking pan
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 160 degrees Fin the center of the meatloaf
  5. Let it stand for 10 minutes before cutting
  6. Dish and serve hot with gravy of your choice

An easy recipe for mushroom meatloaf lovers. Serve with a gravy of your choice and pair it with a side of mashed potatoes and sauteed greens.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    charlotte
    November 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Mushrooms are seriously underrated. They are seriously delicious. I have to make this, seriously.

    Maybe mushrooms shouldn’t be so serious all the time and they’d get noticed more.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      November 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Seriously 😉

  • Reply
    nicole (thespicetrain.com)
    November 11, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Oooh, that sounds delicious and I LOVE the beautiful, bold photography, really tells a story. Great colors and fantastic reflections.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      November 12, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      Thanks, Nicole 🙂 I looooove taking dark, moody pics but I don’t do it as often as I’d like though. Meatloaf may not be that popular with the folks but at least I got some pretty pics out of it!

  • Reply
    Elizabeth @ Bowl of Delicious!
    November 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    This. Looks. Amazing! I loveeee meatloaf. And I LOVVVVVEEEE mushrooms. Can’t wait to try this! Pinned!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      November 15, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      Me too! I’m a huge mushroom lover. Love their texture, the earthiness, their flavor. Love Swiss Portobello mushroom burgers! Thanks, Elizabeth!

  • Reply
    Kelly
    November 24, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Biggest meat loaf I’ve ever made and we loved it! Next time I will halve the recipe though as we couldn’t quite finish it. I am taking meatballs to a family Christmas party & I think I’ll use this recipe. Can’t wait to share it! kel

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      November 25, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      It was a handful of meat, I agree! They’ll make great meatballs too, good idea! Thanks for trying this one out, Kelly 🙂

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