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Meatloaf is great comfort food and quick to throw together. I’ve made a number of different versions, sometimes with turkey and sometimes with beef. One of my favorites has a touch of horseradish and a little bit of cheese mixed inside. So naturally I had to create my own version using mushrooms and other carrots. My husband and kids declared it a winner. I used a loaf pan, but it could easily be made into mini-loaves or “muffins.” Next time I’ll probably cook it in my slow cooker so I don’t have to heat up the kitchen with the oven.
- 1.25 lb lean ground beef
- 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, minced
- ½ onion, minced
- ½ cup carrots, grated
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp horseradish
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ cup sharp cheddar, diced
- 4 tbsp ketchup, divided
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef through the cheese. Add 1 tablespoon of the ketchup and mix well.
- Place the meat mixture in a greased loaf pan. Spread the remaining ketchup on top of meatloaf.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until cooked through and internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
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