This Meatloaf and Brown Gravy is a family favorite, this one is made a bit healthier than most, with a mix of half beef and ground turkey plus nutritious oats, topped with a delicious brown gravy – comfort food at its finest!
Meatloaf and Brown Gravy
This Meatloaf and Brown Gravy is the best meatloaf recipe ever! When I crave comfort food, this meatloaf hits the spot. I have tons of turkey meatloaf recipes, but for this recipe I wanted it to taste more like a classic beef meatloaf. To keep it light, I used a blend of lean ground beef and turkey with oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs. If you want to make this will all beef, that is fine too. And if you want some other meatloaf ideas, try Cheese-Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf and Bacon-Topped Petite Turkey Meatloaf with BBQ Sauce.
Many traditional meatloaf recipes have a mix of beef, veal, and pork, so using a lean beef and turkey mix made sense. It turned out great and still had the beefy flavor I wanted. I always keep ground beef in my freezer, perfect for making meatloaf. You can see more of my ground beef recipes here.
How do you make meatloaf moist?
The eggs, milk, and sauteed onions and celery will make this meatloaf moist. Another tip for not drying it out is to make sure not to over mix the meat, which will make it tougher.
Also, you don’t want to overcook the meatloaf. Use a thermometer to check the temperature of the meatloaf. When it reads 160 degrees, the meatloaf is done. Let it rest for ten minutes before slicing.
How do you make meatloaf gravy from scratch?
If you’ve never made gravy before, it’s actually pretty simple.
1. Start by combining beef broth, thyme, and flour in a small saucepan, whisking over medium heat until it begins boiling.
2. Then simmer over medium-low heat until it thickens, occasionally stirring about 5 minutes.
3. Pour any drippings from the meatloaf on the sheet pan into the gravy and whisk for another minute.
4. Add salt and pepper to taste and remove the thyme.
What to Serve with Meatloaf and Brown Gravy
This meatloaf and brown gravy would be fantastic with macaroni and cheese, garlic mashed sweet potatoes, rice pilaf, or mashed potatoes. For a vegetable side, serve a salad, sauteed spinach, or roasted broccoli.
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Meatloaf and Brown Gravy
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion chopped fine
- 2 medium celery stalks minced fine
- 1 1/2 pounds 90% lean ground beef
- 1 1/2 pounds 93% lean ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley plus more for garnish
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 3 large eggs lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup fat free milk
- 4 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 3/4 cups raw quick oats
Beef Gravy: (makes 3 cups)
- 1/4 cup all purpose or gluten-free flour
- 3 cups salted beef broth or stock
- 1 thyme sprig
- fresh black pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Place a piece of parchment paper or foil on a sheet pan.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft, about 7 minutes.
- Set aside to cool slightly.
- In a large bowl combine the beef, turkey, parsley, thyme, eggs, milk, salt, and pepper.
- Add the onion mixture and the oats and combine with clean hands until mixed well.
- Form into 1 long or 2 smaller rectangle loafs. Bake 50 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the middle reads 160 degrees.
- Remove from the oven and rest for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, when the meatloaf is almost ready, combine the cold beef broth, thyme and flour in a small saucepan and whisk well over medium heat until it comes to a boil, then simmer over medium-low heat until it thickens, stirring occasionally about 5 minutes.
- Pour the pan drippings, if any into the gravy and continue to whisk another minute. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, as needed, then discard thyme.
- Slice the loaf into 24 slices (if making 1, or 12 slices each if making this into 2 loaves) and serve hot with the gravy. Garnish with parsley if desired.
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Without gravy this one is 7 green points, 6 blue points, and 5 purple points.