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mushroom and pine nut meat loaf
Serves 16

1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 T. butter
1/4 lb mushrooms, finely chopped
1/4 C. cognac
3 large eggs
1/2 C. beef broth
1 C. fresh or dried breadcrumbs
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 lb lean ground beef
1 lb pork
1/2 lb cooked ham, diced
2/3 C pinenuts, divided

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.  Oil a 2 quart casserole or terrine.
  2. Saute’ the onion in 2 T of the butter over medium heat until translucent.  Add the mushrooms, cognac, and remaining 1 T of butter.  Saute’ until the mushrooms are coated.  Set aside.
  3. In a blender or food processor, combine the eggs, broth, breadcrumbs, garlic, thyme, allspice, and salt.  Process until smooth.  Pour into a large bowl, add the beef, pork, and ham.  Add the mushroom-onion mixture and 1/3 C. of pinenuts.  Mix well.
  4. Put the mixture in the prepared casserole and top with remaining 1/3 c. of pinenuts.  Bake uncovered for 1 1/2 hours and the top is browned.
  5. Cool completely.  Cover with wax paper and top with a 1 lb weight (wrapped lb of butter).  Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.  It should be completely chilled and firm.
  6.  Degrease and serve warm or at room temperature. Slice into 1/2 inch thick pieces.  Serve on a crusty whole-grain bread with a good mustard.

Recipe from The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever by Beatrice Ojakangas, a Minnesota resident.


mushroom and pine nut meat loaf