Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Stuffed Mushroom Meatloaf

We're all guilty of this...way in the back of our freezers lie these:

Near freezer-burned, almost unusable ground meat of unknown origin, date and type.  I confess I'm not as organized as I wish I was and I discovered these bags lurking in my freezer last week.  Years ago, if I'd seen this, I would have thrown it straight in the trash - so wasteful!  Now I frugally make meatloaf...but not just any kind of meatloaf.

Stuffed Mushroom Meatloaf using dried mushrooms from the local Lotte Plaza Asian Market.


If you've never been to an Asian Grocery or International Market before, go and visit one.  It's like taking an around-the-world trip in food and culture all under one roof.  Lots of samples to try and lots of bargains to be had!  I picked up the large bag of dried Shitake Mushrooms for about $4.00 and it will make the equivalent of 6 prepackaged fresh Shitake Mushrooms.  

To re-hydrate mushrooms, soak them in hot water for about 30 minutes prior to use.

Afterwards they will be soft and edible just like fresh mushrooms, and you'll be left with delicious mushroom broth that can be used in soups or gravies.  I put mine in a container to freeze for later.

Anyway...let's get to the Meatloaf!

1 lb (give or take) Ground Beef, Turkey, Whatever
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Seasoned Breadcrumbs
2 T Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 Cup Grated Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
1 Teaspoon Each Salt & Pepper
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Cup Chopped Dried or Fresh Mushrooms

Mix all ingredients together with your hands until there are no large chunks of meat and the ingredients are evenly dispersed.  Put mixture in a loaf pan and press it flat.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes.  

I've served it up with some Restaurant Style Mashed Potatoes (recipe coming soon), Collard Greens & Amish White Bread.  Chow down!


  1. sounds delicious!!! Thanks for sharing just an inspired recipe!!

  2. I love shitake mushrooms! I can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Does this freeze well? I have a hard time cooking sometimes with my two little girls (2 and 4 months!) so I often have to make things ahead of time and just take it out of the freezer and into the oven. I haven't made meatloaf in such a long time, but this sounds delicious.

  4. As a matter of fact, I made two of these last week - one for now and one for the freezer! Cook it, let it cool down, wrap it in plastic and put it in a freezer bag. When you're ready for it later, defrost in the microwave!

  5. Awesome, thank you! I have a bunch of mushrooms that I'm not sure what to do with, so I will have to make this and freeze it :)

  6. Yum! This looks good. I have a party tomorrow "Cast Party Wednesday" and would love it if you came over and shared your recipe with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  7. These look wonderful! Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  8. You have the most amazing recipes! I want to try them all! We would love for you to come share this at our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday" link party! http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/2011/07/strut-your-stuff-saturday-week-2.html

    The Sisters @ sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

  9. Oh my goodness- I love mushrooms and this sounds so good. Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday- we would LOVE to have you come back tomorrow and link up more of your great posts!
    -Camille @ The Six Sisters


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