Mushroom Gravy and Green Beans.
Are you like me? Do you turn up your nose when someone says meatloaf? The poor dish has this stigma attached to it that it’s, I don’t even know what, not good? not fancy enough? tacky? embarrassing? My husband has been asking for meatloaf for years. Not like every day, but every once in a while will mention that he likes it and wouldn’t mind eating it. But I thought I didn’t like it, and didn’t want to make it.
Is your mom a good cook? Mine is. I remember her making meatloaf, and I think I might have liked it. So it’s not like I had a terrible meatloaf eating experience as a child. I just thought I didn’t like it.
Until I made it. Oh man. Say what you want about meatloaf, make fun of me for making it, but it’s good. It’s like a burger that you eat without a bun and the condiments, but with amazing sides like mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, and green beans. And you get to make amazing leftover meatloaf sandwiches with it the next day (like I just ate). Two meals in one. Yes please.
Since our oven is on week two of being broken, I’ve been creative with the toaster oven. I’m so thankful we have it. I’ve made pizza in there, roasted broccoli (actually Nathan did, for his cooking lesson), and last night meatloaf.
The recipe is below the photo that I surprisingly managed to get before we dug in (yelling about how good it was in-between bites, while the dog looked on mournfully, hoping he might also enjoy a taste). Side note, our dog is awesome. He’s really smart, and cute, and when we eat he just lays and stares (usually at me, because I sit closest to him). Sometimes, instead laying and staring, his tactic is to sit very properly, like if he’s really extra good, we’ll feed him while we eat. And it’s tempting, because he’s so gosh darn cute. Those brown eyes just saying “Feed me, because you love me”. But we resist. Although we often let him lick the plates. It’s the least we can do after he’s suffered so. End side note.
The dog. See how he’s licking his lips? He might be thinking that I’ve left the plates there, in his general vicinity because they’re for him. He always thinks this.Ã‚
Want the recipes? OK, sure, I’ll share.
- 1 small zucchini, grated
- 1/4 C onion, grated
- 1 clove garlic, grated
- 1/4 C ketchup
- splash A1 sauce
- 1 T balsamic vinegar
- 2 slices bread, torn in small chunks
- 2 T spicy brown mustard
- 1 t chili powder
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- 1 egg
- 3/4 to 1 lb. ground beef
- I’ve made this before, slightly differently, by adding homemade BBQ sauce instead of ketchup and 1 grated carrot in addition, not instead of anything)
- Put it all in a bowl and mix it with your hands.
- Grease a 9×9 glass dish (what I used, because it would fit in the toaster, if you want to use a loaf pan, do it, and adjust the baking time accordingly – might take an extra 20 minutes or so). Put the meatloaf in the pan.
- Bake at 350F for about an hour or until internal temperature reaches 160F. (I baked it in the toaster oven, so cooking time could vary with a conventional oven.)
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- 2 C mushrooms, quartered
- 2 C beef stock or pan drippings (you could also use vegetable or chicken, but for a beef dinner, beef is best)
- 2 T balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 C water (or more, if you want, or just use all stock)
- 4 T olive oil, divided
- 2 T flour
- salt (opt.)
- Heat 2 T oil in a skillet. Add mushrooms. Cook 3-4 minutes.
- Move mushrooms over to the side of the pan. Add remaining oil. Heat. Add flour and whisk in. Cook about 30-60 seconds. Add beef stock, water and balsamic vinegar. Whisk.
- As it continues to thicken, whisk. Add more water if it’s too thick. It’s good if the mushrooms are incorporated at this point.
- Add salt to taste, if necessary.
- Serve over mashed potatoes, meatloaf, or any other dish that deserves a little something extra.
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