Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Beef and Mushroom Meatloaf Patties with Pan Gravy (grain-free : primal : gluten-free)

This recipe for meatloaf patties is loaded with veggies, which lightens them up so you'll never miss the usual breadcrumbs used in meatloaf.  I included lots of spices, so these have a great flavor punch. My husband and my three-year-old were clamoring for more and more!

Beef and Mushroom Meatloaf Patties with Pan Gravy
Serves 6-8
  • 1Tb butter
  • 1/2 white onion, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, minced
  • 12 medium-sized cremini (brown) mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp celtic sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tsp gluten-free naturally fermented tamari soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sucanat
  • dash of liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 egg, preferably from a pastured hen
  • 1&1/2 pounds ground beef, preferably grassfed
  • 1&1/2 tsp celtic sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tb sour cream
  • 1-2 Tb each butter and refined coconut oil, for cooking in
  • Pan gravy:
    • 2 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
    • 2 Tb white rice flour (omit for grain-free, or replace with arrowroot)
    • 2 Tb butter
    • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
    • 1/2 to 1 tsp celtic sea salt, to taste
    • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1.  In a medium skillet over medium-low heat, melt 1 Tb butter. Saute the onion and celery for about 5 minutes, sprinkling with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper. Stir in the mushrooms and continue to saute for another 10-15 minutes, until the mushrooms have released their moisture and cooked down a bit. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, vinegar, fish sauce, sucanat, liquid smoke, dried parsley, and dried thyme. 
  3. Add the spice mixture to the veggies and stir it all together.  Cook for a minute or so, and then turn off heat. Allow to cool. (The preceding steps can be done early in the day and then cooled in the fridge until an hour or so before dinner.)
  4. In a large bowl, lightly beat the egg.  Add the sour cream and cooled veggie/spice mixture.  Stir it all together. 
  5. Add the ground beef, 1&1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Use your hands to mix it all together well.  Pat the mixture down lightly and then score it with your hands into eight equal sections (these should be pie-shaped sections).  Form each section into a meatloaf patty.  There will be 8 patties total. 
  6. Heat a very large (12-inch), heavy-bottomed skillet  over medium-high heat. Melt 1-2 Tb each of butter and unrefined coconut oil and swirl it around to coat the bottom of the pan.  Add the meatloaf patties to the pan.  Cover the pan with a splatter screen if you have one. Let them cook for 5 minutes, and resist the urge to move them around while they are cooking.  Flip the patties over, and cook for another 5 minutes. You may need to lower the heat a bit towards the end of the cook time. Remove the patties to a plate while you make the gravy.
  7. To make the gravy, melt 2 Tb butter in the same skillet over medium heat.  Whisk in 2 Tb rice flour and stir while you cook for a minute or so. (Skip the flour if you want to use arrowroot instead of rice flour. You'll add the arrowroot in the next step instead.)
  8. Add the chicken stock while whisking constantly.  (If you want to use arrowroot instead of rice flour to thicken the gravy, you'll need to dissolve the arrowroot into a small amount of liquid and then whisk it into the warm chicken stock.) Bring to a low simmer and allow to cook down for a few minutes, stirring often.  Whisk in the poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper.  Taste, and adjust the salt as necessary.
  9. Ladle the gravy over the meatloaf patties and serve!  These patties are great alongside a side salad or even some potatoes.


Kathryn said...

I noticed the sucanat used in the recipe and had to look it up; I'd never heard of it before. Are you familiar with xylitol as a sugar substitute? It is an amazing substance.

Sarah Smith said...

Hi Kathryn,
I choose not to use xylitol, as it is essentially an industrial/refined food; rather, I try to stick to unrefined sweeteners such a sucanat, maple syrup, and raw honey which I think are healthier. You may be interested to read this article, which discusses xylitol towards the bottom.

Anonymous said...

Hi I am in Australia and we dont have liquid smoke (as far as I know). What would you recommend as a substitute? Also what is poultry seasoning? Is there a substitute for that also?


Sarah Smith said...

Hi Shenoha,
You could omit the liquid smoke if it is not available there. Poultry seasoning is a mixture of herbs including marjoram, parsley, and thyme. There is a recipe for making your own here: http://frugalliving.about.com/od/condimentsandspices/r/Poultry_Season.htm

Anonymous said...

Thank you Sarah. I made them last night and my family loved them!! Great recipe!!
If I were to double the quantity of meat, would you keep the herb and spice quantities the same or double also? They seemed to be strong enough as is, so not quite sure?
Thanks again for providing such wonderful recipes with such easy to follow and thoughtful instructions. We now have new family favourites thanks to you.
All the best,

Sarah Smith said...

Hi Shenoha,
If doubling the meat, I would double everything else as well. I'm glad your family loved this recipe!

CMS said...

This recipe looks delicious. I'm trying hard to keep close to the guidelines for the gaps diet for my son, he has acute issues with his digestive system. What are good substitutes for the butter, sucanat, and sour cream?

Sarah Smith said...

Butter is allowed on the Full GAPS Diet, but if your son is not ready for it yet you could use ghee or refined coconut oil instead.

Sour cream is also allowed on Full GAPS, provided it is homemade and allowed to culture for at least 24 hours. After several months on GAPS, no one in my family had any problems using additive-free organic sour cream from the store. Kalona Supernatural brand meets those requirements.

You could replace the sucanat with a touch of honey instead.

You would also need to substitute for the soy sauce to make these GAPS legal. While I haven't tried them myself, I've heard that coconut aminos make a good substitute for soy sauce and coconut aminos are GAPS-legal.

CMS said...

Okay, thanks for your suggestions!

Warm regards,