Meatloaf with Wild Mushroom Gravy and Caramelized Onion Sauce


Meatloaf is just a homestyle dish you can’t escape. But it can be really good or really bad. I like to get a good mixture of ground chuck and ground pork. You need a ground chuck with about 20 percent fat. You don’t want to go too lean or it gets dry. Turkey meatloaf is fine, but it’s just dry—and kinda boring. Ours is real moist, and we kick it off with Creole mustard, Tabasco, Worcestershire, onions and green garlic. We’ll put ketchup on it, because you just have to, but the gravy we make really sets it off. The other thing is, cook it quick, at about 400°, to get it crispy. It has to be a perfect loaf—about 4 inches across and 2 inches high. That way it gets just the right consistency.

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Caramelized Onion Sauce

Super easy

Meatloaf with Wild Mushroom Gravy and Caramelized Onion Sauce


For 4 Person(s)


  • 1 cups finely chopped celery stalks
  • 3/4 cups finely chopped red bell peppers
  • 3/4 cups finely chopped onion
  • 2 pounds ground chuck, 20% fat
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Creole mustard
  • 1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons roasted garlic (see above)
  • 1 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups breadcrumbs
  • 3 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Paprika
  • 1/2 cups ketchup, plus 1 cup for topping
  • 3 cups diced (bite-sized pieces) wild mushrooms, your favorite
  • 1/4 cups butter
  • 4 cups Caramelized Onion Sauce (see link above)

Meatloaf with Wild Mushroom Gravy and Caramelized Onion Sauce Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In large stainless-steel bowl, with hands thoroughly combine all ingredients up to (and including) ½ cup ketchup.
  2. Form uniform loaf on baking pan, approximately 2½ inches high, leaving space around edges.
  3. Drizzle 1 cup ketchup on meatloaf, and bake 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Serve meatloaf slices topped with gravy. 
  4. In saucepan, sauté mushrooms in butter until tender.
  5. Add Caramelized Onion Sauce and cook on medium heat approximately 5 minutes.

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