Meatloaf Recipe With Gravy
- For the meatloaf
- white bread, crusts cut off - 4 slices
- milk - ½ cup
- 80/20 ground beef - 2 pounds
- eggs (FYI: 1 egg per pound of meat is almost always the rule for meatloaf) - 2
- finely chopped onion - ½ cup
- garlic, finely minced - 2 cloves
- salt - 2 teaspoons
- freshly ground black pepper - ¼ teaspoon
- fresh thyme - 1 teaspoon
- For the gravy
- butter - 3 tablespoons
- Flour - ⅓ cup
- low sodium beef stock (or your own stock if possible) - 1 14 ¾ ounce can
- milk - ⅓ cup
- dried thyme - ¼ teaspoon
- Hot sauce - few dashes
- Worcestershire sauce - ½ teaspoon
- Kitchen Bouquet seasoning - ½ teaspoon
- Salt and black pepper - to taste
- To prepare the meatloaf, begin by soaking the white bread in the milk.
- While bread is soaking, add all other ingredients to a large bowl.
- With your hands, work the soaked bread until mushed. Add bread and any milk left in the bowl to the beef mixture.
- Gently fold and mix all ingredients until blended. Do not over mix or meatloaf will come out tough.
- On a parchment lined sheet pan, shape mixture into a loaf. Use a spatula to square off all sides. With wet hands, smooth all surfaces of the loaf. This will stop it from cracking when it cooks.
- Place in the refrigerator for one hour to set up.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place meatloaf in preheated oven on center rack and bake for 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 150 degrees with a probe thermometer.
- Remove from oven and let rest 15 minutes before cutting and serving.
To prepare the gravy, melt butter in a medium-sized sauce pan. When butter is completely melted, add flour and stir. Cook the flour and butter mixture stirring constantly for 3-5 minutes or until the raw flour smell is gone. (The smell will resemble cooked chestnuts when ready.)
Add the entire can of stock and stir with a wire whisk until blended.
Add milk, thyme, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and Kitchen Bouquet. Stir to blend.
Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to your taste and serve over meatloaf.