|Mushroom Meatloaf w/ Pepper Thyme Gravy
1-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
2 tsp. butter
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves, crushed
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. butter
1/2 cup diced red, yellow or green bell pepper
12 oz. Tony's homemade gravy
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves, crushed
Heat oven to 350 degree. In large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tsp. butter over medium heat until hot. Add onion. Cook and stir 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic. Cook and stir 6 to 8 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes.
In large bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, 3/4 tsp. thyme, pepper and mushroom mixture; mix lightly but thoroughly.
On rack in broiler pan, shape beef mixture into 8 x 4-inch loaf. Bake in 350 degrees F oven approximately 1-1/4 hours to medium doneness (160 degrees).
Meanwhile prepare gravy. In medium saucepan, heat 1 tsp. butter over medium heat until hot. Add bell pepper. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add gravy and thyme; heat through.
Carve meatloaf into slices. Serve with gravy.