Sunday, December 18, 2016

Apple Meatloaf with Caramelized Onion Gravy


 This wintery weather has me instantly craving comfort food. A few weeks ago, Josh and I picked up some ground beef and pork from a local farm and I was excited to figured out what to do with it. Answer: meatloaf. The apple and carrot in this loaf add a pop of sweetness and added moisture while the caramelized onion gravy provides a wonderful nutty flavor. This is definitely a recipe you will be making over and over again!

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook until caramelized, about 10-15 minutes, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper and allow to cool slightly. 


3. Combine the beef, pork, breadcrumbs, milk, butter, egg, apple, carrot and 1/2 of the cooked onions in a large mixing bowl. Form into 2 loaves and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes; reduce heat to 300 degrees and bake for 15 minutes longer. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. 




4. While the meatloaf rests, reheat the remaining onions over medium-high heat. Add white wine and cook until reduced by half. Add flour and cook for 1 minute. Add broth and stir until the gravy thickens. Season with salt and pepper. 



5. Slice the meatloaf and serve with gravy spooned over the top. 


Apple Meatloaf with Caramelized Onion Gravy
Serves 6

All you need:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced 
2 large sweet onions, diced 
1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound ground pork 
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted 
1 egg
1 sweet apple (like Honeycrisp), grated 
2 carrots, grated 
1/2 cup dry white wine 
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups beef broth 
Salt and pepper, to taste

All you do:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook until caramelized, about 10-15 minutes, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper and allow to cool slightly. 
3. Combine the beef, pork, breadcrumbs, milk, butter, egg, apple, carrot and 1/2 of the cooked onions in a large mixing bowl. Form into 2 loaves and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes; reduce heat to 300 degrees and bake for 15 minutes longer. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. 
4. While the meatloaf rests, reheat the remaining onions over medium-high heat. Add white wine and cook until reduced by half. Add flour and cook for 1 minute. Add broth and stir until the gravy thickens. Season with salt and pepper. 
5. Slice the meatloaf and serve with gravy spooned over the top. 
 

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