Meat Loaf with Mushrooms and Sherry

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.

Meat Loaf with Mushrooms and Sherry
Considered one of America's top comfort foods, this dish has been reinvented by many. Including us.
Yield: serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.
  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.
  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.