Recipe Directions
8-10 servings
1-2 lbs. fresh Black Trumpets cleaned and chopped
3 1/2 lbs. ground chuck
1/2 bunch finely chopped celery
1 shredded carrot
2 sticks butter
1/4 cup minced garlic
4-5 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 medium white onion finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup ketchup
2 1/2 tbsp. cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sweet barbecue sauce
In a large skillet, melt butter over a low heat, add mushrooms and vegetables and cook until vegetables become soft and the onion translucent. Set aside and allow to cool. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and beef, plus cooked vegetables. Mix thoroughly. Form into desired shape or press into a non-stick baking pan. Bake for one hour or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. About 20 minutes before the mushroom loaf is ready, add a basting sauce of your choosing.
After removing from oven, allow mushroom loaf to rest 20 minutes before serving. Don’t be tempted to slice it up too early. Crumbly, broken slices are the penalty of impatience.
NOTE: Other fresh summer mushrooms, such as Meadow Mushrooms (or store-bought Button Mushrooms and Portobellas), Chicken Mushrooms, or Oyster Mushrooms can be substituted or added to impart flavors unique to those mushroom species. Chanterelles, although often abundant in summer, tend to be light in flavor, and don’t match well with beef.
Summer Mushroom Loaf
The thrifty tradition of using ketchup as part of the basted topping for meat loafs can be modified in so many ways.
A flavorful, soft crust can be prepared with a paste of seasoned, minced mushrooms. Or one could add a glaze of herbs--with a touch of fruit.
There’s no limit to the outer limits of meat crusts.
Try anything out there. But avoid any spicy flavors that might not be compatible with the flavor of the beloved mushrooms. Barbecue sauce isn’t for everyone.
Also, before serving, you’ll want to top each plate with something extra. Fix up a beef gravy. Or saute a few selected garnish mushrooms and arrange them on top. Or grill the mushrooms whole, basting them first with garlic butter or oil.
One could also put a shaving of truffle on each slice of this versatile meat loaf. Once your guests realize meat loaf is just a bad name for a coarse beef pate’, no one will ever roll their eyes again.
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