Best-Ever Meat Loaf with Mushroom Gravy

Well, I can honestly say this is the ‘Best-Ever Meat Loaf with Mushroom Gravy.’  I could have even shortened that statement to:  “This is the best-ever meat loaf.”  The mushroom gravy literally puts it over the moon.  


The Loon took one bite, looked at me, widened his eyes and proclaimed:  “Oh my God…that is amazing.”  

Like many kids growing up in the 70s and 80s, he didn’t have the fondest memories of meat loaf.  And it’s true, many versions are pretty bland, dried out, and tasteless.  Well, not here.  I’ve bumped up the flavors, added seasoned Panko bread crumbs, and then created a mushroom gravy to add on top, just for good measure.

Trust me, this is not your average meat loaf.  And wait until you make meat loaf sammy’s out of it!  Wow oh wow oh wow!!!  145% Loon Approved.

Best-Ever Meat Loaf with Mushroom Gravy
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This truly is the Best-Ever Meat Loaf with Mushroom Gravy. Moist and exploding with flavor. The mushroom gravy sets it over the top. And you won't believe the meat loaf sandwiches the next day! So good!
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 - 8
  • Canola oil, for greasing the baking sheet
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup seasoned Panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup tomato sauce, plus 3 more tablespoons (for the glaze)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons good-quality balsamic vinegar (2 for the meat mixture, 1 for the glaze)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb ground beef (85% lean)
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • ½ lb ground veal
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 8 oz. button mushrooms, sliced
  • ¼ cup all-purposed flour
  • ½ dry sherry wine
  • 2 & ½ cups beef stock
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Lightly oil a baking sheet or pan (must have sides, or a lip)
  3. In a large bowl, combine the onion, breadcrumbs, ½ cup of the tomato sauce, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons of the balsamic vinegar, thyme, parsley, cheese and 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Mix all the ingredients with clean hands until fully mixed.
  5. Rinse a loaf pan (8½" x 4½") with water and then pack the meat mixture into the wet pan.
  6. Invert the pan over the greased baking sheet and gently transfer onto the sheet.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons tomato sauce with 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. Set aside.
  9. After 50 minutes, spread the tomato/balsamic sauce over the top of the loaf and return to the oven to bake for another 20 minutes.
  11. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  12. Add the shallots and garlic and cook until soft, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  13. Add the mushrooms and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and have released their liquids, about 8 minutes.
  14. Whisk in the flour and stir to coat.
  15. Add the sherry and cook until reduces down, about 4 minutes.
  16. Add the stock, stirring frequently to break up any clumps from the flour, and cook until thickened to gravy consistency, approx. 5 minutes.
  17. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm over low heat.
  18. SERVE IT UP!
  19. Transfer the meat loaf to a platter and slice.
  20. Drizzle the gravy over the top.
  21. Serve at once, passing the left over gravy at the table.
  22. Enjoy!



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