Hopefully this will redeem the unusual ham loaf posted the other day. Diane B had a good idea about women copying the recipe off a box of a certain product. The Lasagna recipe indicated it was from the Hunts tomato paste can, and this one comes from an oatmeal box, although the brand isn’t specified.
These days, I use breadcrumbs in my meatloaf, but I remember the meatloaf my mom made had oatmeal in it, probably this recipe. We also had baked potatoes with meatloaf, but my husband is a mashed potato guy. Meatloaf is great because you can make it so many different ways. While this recipe is a little bland for me, some may like it cooked thus and add ketchup or barbecue sauce on the plate. I like to put in garlic and onion, along with a few secret ingredients and add no sauce after the fact. My husband has told me that I make better meatloaf than his mother, so I guess my goal in life is accomplished. :-)
1 1/2# ground beef
3/4 c oatmeal, uncooked
2 eggs, uncooked
1/4 c chopped onion
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 c tomato juice
Pack in pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Let stand a while before slicing or turning out.
What is it with men and meatloaf? Grant’s mother was a horrendous cook as a rule, but he had such fond memories of her meatloaf that I was intimidated to try to make one. I tried getting her secret to wonderful meatloaf and all she could remember was most likely using a packet of meatloaf seasoning from the store. I adapted one from Emeril after I saw him on a Super Bowl special making it. What I make isn’t healthy, but at least you’ll die happy. Grant even made me submit my recipe when the OC Register was running a story on meatloaf. Unfortunately, I didn’t get published in the paper, but I was the first online recipe listed: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/meatloaf-105027-recipes-cup.html Be warned they have a picture of heart shaped meatloafs next to my recipe and those are NOT mine.
Mom used Quaker Oats
I do too unless baking for the gluten free masses, and then I use Bob’s Red Mill.
Diane, the other meatloaves sound horrible!! That heart shape Valentine’s meatloaf looks like a bloody mess, and a few below that with the pile of slimy veggies, omg, I can’t even speak. Yours, however, has been copied into Word and will go into my cookbook. I may try it someday, when my heart is feeling up to it! :-)
This is indeed the recipe I still use. I have a small one in my small freezer right now.
You will LOVE the recipe. Just make sure you don’t serve it to close to when you have to have your cholesterol checked! I am an avowed meat loaf hater and this is a good one–even for sandwiches which I really loathed.
This sounds just like the recipe my mom made while growing up. I remember she used tomato juice because I got to drink the rest of the tomato juice that she did not use.
This is the recipe I have used for 35 years or more. It is always wonderful! I add a special glaze to the top before I bake it, and I have extra for serving. Always a hit at my house.