Meatloaf is one of those things you can have fun with and add anything to. This is one of those recipes. It has great flavor from the mushrooms which are sautéed until golden brown, to the addition of the sharp cheddar.
My kids are not meatloaf fans, and any chance Id rather not make a separate meal. I hit upon the idea of forming to small "hamburger" patties to cook alongside the meatloaf. They soak up some of the yummy juices from the meatloaf cooking alongside it. My kids gave me a look of, "where is the bun?" and I could tell they were not happy initially. But, they sure ate all the mock meatloaf! —kimbaddd
cremini or white button mushrooms. sliced thickly
salt and pepper to taste
sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
slices sandwich bread, cubed
ground beer (80/20) (more if you are making the extra kids patties)
Preheat oven to 350. In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Cook mushrooms, stirring once or twice, until deep golden brown, about 5 minutes per batch. Season with salt and pepper. Add garlic, sauté for another minute of two. Let cool in pan for about ten minutes, then transfer to large mixing bowl, along with the ground beef.
Add fsharp cheddar, bread, and egg to the bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Salt and pepper to taste. Place meatloaf in glass 13x9 inch pan forming it into a 10 inch loaf. Bake until cooked through, about 45 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.
If you have picky kids, make sure you buy 1 3/4 pounds, or 2 pounds of ground beef. Shape into patties, salt to taste, and lay next to the meatloaf. They will be done sooner than the meatloaf, probably about 25 minutes, depending upon how thick you have made the patties.