Total preparation and cooking time: 1-3/4 hours
1-1/2 pounds ground beef
2 teaspoons butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
8 ounces assorted mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon butter
1/2 cup diced red, yellow or green bell pepper
1 jar (12 ounces) beef gravy
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
Heat oven to 350°F. Heat 2 teaspoons butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add onion, cook and stir 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes.
Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt, 3/4 teaspoon thyme, pepper and mushroom mixture in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.
Shape beef mixture into 8 x 4-inch loaf on rack in broiler pan. Bake in 350°F oven 1-1/4 hours to medium (160°F) doneness, until not pink in center and juices show no pink color. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
Meanwhile heat 1 teaspoon butter in medium saucepan over medium heat until hot. Add bell pepper; cook and stir 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in gravy and 1/2 teaspoon thyme; heat through.
Cut meatloaf into 1-inch thick slices; serve with gravy.
Makes 6 servings.
Cook's Tip: To make soft bread crumbs, place torn bread in food processor or blender container. Cover; process, pulsing on and off, to form fine crumbs. One and one-half slices make about 1 cup crumbs.
Note: Due to the natural nitrate content of certain ingredients often used in meatloaf, such as onions, celery and bell peppers, meatloaf may remain pink even when a 160°F internal temperature has been reached. Always check the internal temperature using a meat thermometer or instant-read thermometer to be certain it reaches 160°F.
Nutrition information per serving: 323 calories; 25 g protein; 10 g carbohydrate; 20 g fat; 817 mg sodium; 109 mg cholesterol; 5.9 mg niacin; 0.3 mg vitamin B6; 1.7 mcg vitamin B12; 3.4 mg iron; 5.4 mg zinc.
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Cattlemen's Beef Board, and American National CattleWomen, Inc.