The Blended Burger Project
For more information on the Blended Burger Project go to their website at: mushroomcouncil.com/the-blend
A lot of good things will be coming from initiatives such as this one in our near futures.
My Ultimate Meatloaf Recipe
For the ultimate meatloaf this is your recipe. Using one of my tried and tested recipes I crossed it with the The Blended Burger Project. The ultimate Blended Mushroom Meatloaf was born.
To be honest, before developing this recipe for meatloaf, I always used the recipe from The Joy of Cooking. It is an absolute classic, and a must try. So make this your go to next time you want a classic meatloaf recipe that your grandmother would of made, but I’m pretty sure she would approve of this recipe as well. The Joy of Cooking has been in active publishing since 1931! A cookbook that has truly stood the test of time. When you buy a copy, get the hardcover and not a digital edition as this is a book you will want to pass down to your kids when they are ready for it.
Making a meatloaf with a signficant portion of mushrooms makes a lot of sense. It helps add a low cost ingredient, a deeper flavor and a vegetable to boot. The trick is to make sure to get the mushrooms pretty small. That is why I use a food processor, cutting these down by hand will be time consuming.
The Mushroom Blend
What we are going to make is a classic French item called Duxelles. This is the same thing they use for classics such as Beef Wellington. It is a mixture of onions, garlic and mushrooms with some fresh herbs that are cooked down to make an intensely flavored mushroom spread. We cool this spread down and add it to ground beef, more fresh herbs, eggs, breadcrumbs and cheese.
How Long Do You Cook Meatloaf for?
Now all we have to do is shape it into a loaf in the center of a quarter size baking pan and bake it. Depending on the time of the year I will frequently put this onto my pellet grill outside so I don’t have to turn the oven on in the house. I will smoke it low at 225º for about 30 minutes then crank it up to 375º for another 20 minutes or so. It does not take on a ton of smoke but I’m not looking for crazy smokey either. Not everything that goes into a smoker needs to have significant smoke tones or a smoke ring.
Best Way to Reheat Meatloaf
In my house, the leftover meatloaf becomes meatloaf melts the next day. I warm up the slices of meatloaf on our electric griddle. We use our griddle all the time for everything from grilled cheese sandwiches to pancakes to patty(meatloaf in our case) melts. So start toasting the bread with one side covered in caramelized onions while the other side has been slathered with mayo, shredded mozzarella, and provolone. Place the seared meatloaf in the middle and you have yourself a great little sandwich. Some killer sweet and spicy pickles, like Wickles Pickles, are the perfect accompaniment.
Meatloaf Wine Pairing
A great pairing for meatloaf is a simple red wine for under $15. Ideally $10. You really do not need a wine with a ton of complexity. Honestly, a more expensive bottle may take away from the nostalgia of what meatloaf is. It is comfort food at its core so why should we get carried away with the wine?
My Wine Picks
Robert Mondavi Bourbon Barrel Cabernet or Imagery Cabernet Sauvignon will work well here. If you prefer Merlot, the H3 Merlot would be a solid choice and will even please those that claim to not like Merlot. I was pleasantly surprised by the H3 line considering the price point. Although the H3 has some fresh fruit to it otherwise fruit forward wines such as red blends.
I have also intentionally left out Italian wines from here as I wanted to keep our budget under $15 a bottle. A drinkable Italian red will run you much more than that.