Recipe by Chef John
"This technique keeps the meatloaf moist, while fortifying the sauce with its flavorful drippings. Regardless, this technique will work with just about any meatloaf recipe out there."
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shiitake mushrooms, sliced
fresh rosemary, chopped
2 1/2 cups
salt and pepper to taste
1 (2 1/2 pound)
uncooked prepared beef, veal and pork meatloaf
I have made this recipe several times now after watching Chef John's video and it is DELICIOUS! I served this recipe to company this past weekend and everyone raved about the flavor the shitake mushrooms gave the gravy. No changes are necessary as the recipe is perfect just as written. ENJOY!
I would have given this recipe about 3 stars for flavor, & that's considering this is really a recipe for MEATLOAF GRAVY rather than for meatloaf, so my rating is based on the METHOD/GRAVY ALONE. I made this recipe exactly as written & IMHO the gravy was good, but NOT great. It reminds me of a gravy I might have tasted in a TV dinner or at Denny's (edible, I wouldn't have sent it back, but I wouldn't have bothered to clean my plate or save any leftovers nor would I never order this again). The fact that it uses shitake mushrooms seems like it would add to the flavor, but it only seems to add to the cost of the dish. Sorry, Chef John, but I've tried a few gravy recipes that called for cans of cream of mushroom soup that cost MUCH less than this one & were easier to prepare & tasted just as good or better. I started off rating this recipe 3 stars for flavor, but knocked off stars because (1) it takes extra time/expense to make than a canned-mushroom-soup-gravy & IMHO this recipe isn't any better (2) cooking the meatloaf IN the gravy makes for a VERYVERYGREASY gravy & just skimming the grease wasn't enough for, I had to get out the gravy strainer & this is an extra step that I didn't care for - why not just make the gravy separately? 3) Personal preference - we like to have a crisp outer layer on our meatloaf & using this recipe/method the whole loaf comes out very moist...like tv-dinner-meatloaf-all-around-moist-throughout..which isn't what we like/expect/want in a meatloaf.
I dont know how anyone could fault this gravy. The shitakes made our gravy pure magic and the addition of a little heavy cream was perfect to lighten and soften the gravy too.
I made this gravy with the meatloaf recipe found on this site called "Brown Sugar Meatloaf" without the brown sugar and ketchup, also substituted the crackers for Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs and a heartier dose of garlic.
Remember the beef stock is a big part of this recipe, either make your own (big pain) or use the thick lard-like stocks like "better than bullion". I find a huge upgrade in those stocks and they are available in chicken, beef and turkey.
My wife is a life long meatloaf lover and I am a lifelong meatloaf hater. I made this meal for her and we were both saying "Mmmmmm" the whole time and she said it was the best meatloaf of her life!
Thanks Chef John
Great recipe...made it with a pork and beef meatloaf which was delicious. Shiitake mushrooms are a must. I used a little too much flour (about 3 Tbsp.) and had to add extra beef broth while it was baking, but other than that, it was perfect.
Though I don't eat meat myself - the smell while this was cooking was enough to make my mouth water. My kids aren't super picky - but i KNEW this was a hit when my son thanked us for having him so that he could eat food as good as this...and my daughter hummed the happy song while eating. I'd say this one is a winner!!
I think I messed up so much and yet it came out delish. First, didnt have shiitake mushrooms so used regular packaged mushrooms. Didnt have rosemary so used parsley. and didnt have regular heavy cream so used heavy whipped cream. lol. You would think wow how bad it must of came out but was delish. Next time will do as instructed
This is a very elegant meatloaf, one you could serve to guests. The rosemary really sets this apart from other more traditional meatloaf recipes. I added in some baby bella mushrooms along with the shiitake and fresh chopped garlic.
Good basic idea. I used ground venison instead (10% fat), used 1 T. butter and 1 T. olive oil, and non-fat yogurt instead of the heavy cream. It didn't yield quite the amount of sauce I would have liked, but the flavor was good. The rosemary and mushrooms complemented each other perfectly...
My only complaint was there was no specific amount of flour called for so I had to just guess at how much to use...but the sauce turned out a good consistency. Great new way to make meatloaf.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Creamy Mushroom Meatloaf
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 149
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