Recipe #4: Engborg’s Influential Meatloaf

with very special guest, Jeff Engborg


10 oz ground beef
¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs
1 shallot
2 cloves of garlic
¼ oz Thyme
2 tbsp Ketchup
¼ cup Beef Stock Concentrate
2 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp flour
½ tbsp butter
Salt and Pepper for seasoning



  1. Wash and dry all produce. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  2. Start to prepare ingredients. Halve and peel shallot. Grate one half on the largest holes of a box grater; place in a medium bowl. Mince remaining shallot, as well as the garlic. Strip thyme leaves from stems; roughly chop leaves and discard stems.

  3. Add the above chopped/minced produce to your mixing bowl with grated shallot and add beef, garlic, panko breadcrumbs, half of the thyme, salt and pepper. Gently combine and form mixture into two 1-inch-tall loaves.

  4. Place meatloaves on a baking sheet; brush tops of loaves with half the ketchup. Put the meatloaves in the oven.

  5. Meanwhile, while the meatloaves are baking, melt ½ TBSP butter in a medium pan over medium heat. Add minced shallot and remaining thyme. Cook, stirring, until shallot is softened, for about 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle flour into pan; stir vigorously to combine. Whisk in stock concentrate and ½ cup water. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened and saucy, 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. Slice the finished meatloaves crosswise, spoon gravy over them and serve. This recipe makes two servings, to make a serving for four, use double the ingredients.

Bonus Interview Question with Jeff Engborg:

What’s your favorite food memory?

My favorite food memory was when Great Blue went to the Onion River Campout festival in 2017. We were playing a smaller stage - they didn’t have enough juice to the PA and it kept shutting down, so we played the entire show through our amps cranked to 11. We didn’t have any money, so I brought a case of military-grade MREs and ate those the entire festival. It was really funny to see those guys eating out of the pouches. I think Peter passed out, but Ethan and I were getting down on the Salisbury steak in the van. We even drank the powdered Gatorade packets mixed with water and used the chemical heaters to heat up the food for the weekend.

It really gave the entire festival an apocalyptic feeling, chilling in the van and eating survival meals. They make fun of me now when I ride with them: “Did you bring the MREs Jeff?”


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