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Blend & Extend: Mini Canadian Meatloaf

  • Author: Mushroom Canada
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Entree, Blend and Extend, Kid-Friendly
  • Method: Stove Top, Baked
  • Cuisine: American, Canadian


A blend of mushrooms and beef keeps these quick-cooking loaves lower in cholesterol and saturated fat than a traditional meatloaf. 


  • 6 oz fresh button mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 tsp dried minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 12 oz lean ground beef
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard


  1. Place the mushrooms in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until finely chopped; set aside. Heat oil in a medium, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, apple and seasonings. Cook for 10 minutes. Cool slightly.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C). Stir the cheese with the breadcrumbs, egg, salt and pepper. Add the mushrooms, beef and apple mixture. Gently mix to combine. Divide into 4 portions and form each into a mini football-shaped loaf. Arrange on a foil-lined baking tray.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Whisk the maple syrup with the mustard and brush some over each loaf. Cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160F (71C) when inserted into the centre of a loaf.


Tip: For a bolder flavour replace the Cheddar with blue cheese.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 359
  • Sodium: 420mg
  • Fat: 16g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 26g

Keywords: Hearty Meatloaf Recipe, Comfort Foods, Classic Meatloaf Recipe, Kid Friendly Meals, Easy Entrees, Mushroom and Beef Meatloaf, Savoury Meatloaf

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