Blue Cheese and Onion Meat Loaf
2 lbs. Ground beef
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 cup red onions finely chopped
1 cup white button mushrooms chopped
4 garlic cloves minced
½ cup red wine
2 Tbsp olive oil
¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp. Onion powder
1 tsp. Garlic powder
1 tsp. Dried basil
1 tsp. Sea Salt
½ tsp. Cracked Black pepper
½ tsp. Red Pepper flakes
This recipe yields about 8-10 servings
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onions, mushrooms and garlic for about 5 minutes. Season with salt, onion powder, garlic powder, basil, black pepper and red pepper flakes, stir. Add red wine and stir until the liquid evaporates. Turn off flame, set skillet aside and allow mixture to cool. **Whenever I’m handling raw meat of any kind, I use powder-free latex gloves. In a large bowl, using your gloved hands, break up the meat. Add egg, Worcestershire Sauce, bread crumbs, onion and mushroom mixture, and blue cheese. Combine thoroughly. Mold the meat into a greased 9×5 in pan and cover with plastic wrap and set in the fridge. I usually prep my meat loaf a day earlier and allow it to set over night in the fridge before baking it, but you can prep it up to 30 mins. to an hour before cooking. Bake the meat loaf in 350 degree oven for a total of 45-50 minutes. 20 minutes covered in foil, 20 minutes uncovered, then uncovered under the broiler for 5-7 minutes, to get a nice brown on the top. Let the loaf sit, covered for about 10-15 minutes before cutting. Transfer it to a serving dish, slice into 1 inch pieces, and serve!
Tip #1: Add chopped bacon and a little bit of the bacon fat to this meat loaf. It is soooooo good!
Tip #2: Use the meat loaf drippings to make a delicious gravy. Heat some olive oil in a skillet, add a couple teaspoons of flour and whisk. Pour in the drippings, whisk over a low to medium flame. Continue to add more flour if needed. If you need to add more liquid, you can use warm water or chicken broth. Whisk until all lumps are gone and you have a smooth, gravy consistency.
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