Meat Loaf with Mushrooms and Sherry

  • Serves

    serves 6-8


A classic American dish, meat loaf doesn't have to be heavy or routine—keep it light by handling it as little as possible, and add an earthy flavor with your favorite mushrooms.


  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 lb. ground chuck
  • 5 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 12 cup dry sherry
  • 1 cup sautéed mushrooms of your choice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Step 1

Heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan over low heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until translucent, about 15 minutes. Let cool.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine chuck, 2 tbsp. of the ketchup, sherry, mushrooms, egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper to taste, and half the onion–garlic mixture, and stir just enough to mix.

Step 3

Place meat in a 3" × 7" loaf pan and round the top with your hands to form a crown. Top with remaining onion–garlic mixture and drizzle with remaining 3 tbsp. ketchup. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove meat loaf from oven and let set about 10 minutes, for easier slicing.