Nothing says “home-cooked meal” more than a well-prepared meatloaf. Just the thought of enjoying some perfectly sliced meatloaf bites with Worcestershire sauce and mashed potatoes is enough to get my mouth watering!
As a bonus, you will wake up the next day with some leftover meatloaf waiting for you. That is why there are so many different meatloaf recipes out there.
However, I bet you have never tried adding some freshly minced mushrooms to your meatloaf recipe! Most recipe notes include a specific meat mixture as the main ingredient.
I’m going to give you my delicious recipe bursting with the unique flavor of finely chopped mushrooms!
Don’t worry, though! Even if you are used to preparing regular beef meatloaf only, you will find this version with a mushroom twist to be easy to follow.
If you love great-tasting, healthy meals that the whole family loves, this might just turn out to be the best meatloaf recipe you have ever tried!
A Mushroom/meatloaf Mixture? Really?
Yes, I know you are probably a bit skeptical about having a mushroom/meatloaf mixture, but trust me, once you give it a shot, you will wonder why you waited so long before making this.
The combination of mushroom gravy and ground turkey/beef/chicken is delicious.
You can enjoy your mushroom meatloaf in the same way you would any other ordinary meatloaf, with mashed potatoes or whichever sides you prefer.
It is also very easy to make. All you will need to do is grab your apron and loaf pan and head to the kitchen.
Add Some Mushroom Gravy to Your Bread Crumbs!
Bread crumbs and meatloaf have been an awesome pairing for a long time now and we have no intention of stopping that time-honored tradition.
However, you now have the chance to make it taste even better by adding a little bit of mushroom gravy to it.
This will help to give you a different take on the meatloaf recipe that you have been preparing the same way for many years.
An Easy Meatloaf Recipe
Now, let us get down to the real business that you came here for; my special and scrumptious meatloaf recipe.
- Large mixing bowl and medium mixing bowl
- Loaf pan
- Airtight container for storage in the fridge
- Oven mitts
- Parchment paper and sheet pan (optional)
- Food processor (optional)
You Can Use Veggies With the Ground Beef
The great thing about this recipe for mushroom meatloaf is that you can be very flexible and creative with some of your key ingredients and still manage to enjoy the dish to the fullest.
I know how difficult it can be to find a good meatloaf recipe that will cater to your health needs without making you eat a bland dish.
That is why I tried to find veggie alternatives to add to the ground beef and the result was a juicy and succulent mushroom meatloaf that I am sure you will love!
The trick here is to find the right combination of bread crumbs and veggies that will cook evenly with the ground beef so that you don’t end up with a dish that is undercooked in some parts while overcooked in others.
To make sure your veggies will cook quickly, you can use a food processor to finely chop them before adding them to your mushroom meatloaf.
Is Meatloaf With Veggies Healthy?
Adding some of your favorite vegetables to your mushroom meatloaf will not harm you in terms of health.
It’s a great way to add a lot of essential nutrients and boost the number of vitamins in your meatloaf while keeping the calorie count at a modest 330.
You can take a step further and cut out the salt and excess seasoning for a very healthy family meal.
Benefits of a Mushroom Meatloaf Recipe
The more mushrooms you add to your dish, the less meat mixture you will require. You will be surprised at just how much meat you can supplement using mushrooms while still maintaining the “comfort food” taste that makes us love meatloaf.
These are some of the benefits of a mushroom meatloaf dinner:
If you love the distinct flavor of cremini mushrooms or white button mushrooms, you will love meatloaf cooked with either of these.
Blended nicely, your dish will have a unique and savory flavor that your family will enjoy!
The less ground beef you have in your meatloaf, the less you must worry about saturated fat and all the other downsides of eating animal products.
Adding mushrooms will also give you access to some nutrients that your body doesn’t normally receive daily, such as potassium and vitamin B.
Mushrooms are much cheaper than ground turkey, beef, pork, or chicken. Supplementing your dish with meat alternatives is a great way to save a few precious dollars.
Livestock farming has been identified as the leading source of methane, a greenhouse gas that wreaks havoc on the ozone layer and increases global warming.
You might think that a small family meal with a bit of mushroom will mean nothing in the grand scheme of things, but if we all do our part we can impact real change.
What To Serve With Mushroom Meatloaf
While the mushroom gravy is awesome, on its own it will not be enough to supplement your meatloaf dish.
You need to pair your mushroom meatloaf with some classic sides to complete the meal. Here are some great ways to serve mushroom meatloaf:
- Green beans and mashed potatoes (still my favorite!)
- Root vegetable mash
- Pancakes made from mashed potatoes
- Quinoa and butternut squash salad
- Roast zucchini
- Lemon herb cauliflower rice stir-fry for a low-carb option
Some Great Meatloaf Recipe Variations
My family and I do not mind having mushroom meatloaf every week, and one reason for this is I am constantly playing around with the ingredients to make every meatloaf dinner slightly different from the last one. When things get a little boring I’ll throw in our lion’s mane mushroom recipe to change things up!
Of course, by now everyone has their favorites, but you can try to create some tailor-made mushroom meatloaf dishes in the following ways:
- Switch the type of meat you use because you have plenty of options besides ground beef. You can try chicken, turkey, or even pork and still produce excellent results
- Go crazy with vegetables now and then to give your family the healthy food they deserve while keeping the menu diverse and delicious. Some good options are carrots, Swiss chard, celery, or even other types of mushrooms
- The taste of your meat can be varied each time depending on the type of fillings you opt for. Try adding some out-of-the-box ingredients to your mushroom meatloaf, such as shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, olives, or even chopped, sun dried tomatoes
- Go easy on the mushrooms you include in your mushroom gravy. Especially if you have added a variety of mushrooms to your meatloaf already. You can even for-go the mushroom gravy completely and use a plain onion soup instead
- Adding ketchup is a great way to quickly change the taste of any dish. Consider a tomato ketchup-based topping for your mushroom meatloaf that you can turn to occasionally. It’s also a great way to get the kids interested in trying a wholesome and hearty family meal for a change
If you are looking for a nutritious alternative to the age-old meatloaf recipes that every family seems to have, I have an awesome one here for you.
Every time I make this dish I can be sure everyone will come down for dinner on time! If you follow the easy steps I have laid out for you, I’m sure you will have the same experience as well.
Feel free to leave a comment on my webpage and let me know how your mushroom meatloaf went, as well as any variations you may have tried out.
If you love great-tasting, healthy meals which the whole family loves, this might just turn out to be the best mushroom meatloaf recipe you have ever tried!
- 1/4 c. milk
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- 1/2 c. beef stock
- 1/3 c. onion, diced
- 3 tbsp. flour
- 1.5 lb. cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 lb. button mushrooms, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. fresh garlic, minced
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. fresh thyme, minced
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp. fresh Italian parsley, minced
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 c. bread crumbs
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 c. whole milk
- olive oil and cooking spary
- brown sugar
1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grab a large bowl and add your ground beef along with the remaining meatloaf ingredients. Mix all the ingredients well until you achieve a uniform amount of consistency.
3. Spread a little olive oil on the sides of the loaf pan. Place your meatloaf mixture into the pan and gently smooth the top. Then, add some cooking spray to the top of the meatloaf would be great to prevent burning the outside of your mixture.
3. Place your meatloaf in the over and cook uninterrupted for about 45 minutes.
1. Grab a small bowl and add the milk and cornstarch. Mix these very well and set aside for now.
2. Place the butter in a large skillet and melt it on high heat.
3. When that is done, quickly add mushrooms and onions. Reduce the heat to a moderate level and allow to cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Both your mushrooms and onions should take on a golden color when done.
4. Maintaining medium heat, add the flour and stir the mixture until the flour has evenly coated the mushrooms.
5. Add beef broth and bring to a simmer. After five minutes you can add your Worcestershire sauce.
6. Increase the heat to high and cook for about a minute until the mixture has thickened.
7. Your mushroom gravy is now done and all that is left is to add your seasoning. Take care not to add too much ground pepper or other seasonings because you do not want to mask the rich taste of your mushroom meatloaf.
- Try to make sure that your ground beef is as lean as possible in the interest of healthy eating.
- If you do not have a loaf pan, you can shape the ground beef mixture into any shape or form that you want and place it on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 573Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 177mgSodium: 905mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 4gSugar: 10gProtein: 38g