Basic Trustworthy Meatloaf
I have been making meatloaf for years and years, always the same way with minor variations, but always with saltine cracker crumbs as the binder. Recently, I tried oats. Well! Quick-cooking oats (not instant) make a surprisingly good substitute for either cracker crumbs or bread crumbs in a meatloaf. I have also made this meatloaf without any garlic, and it's just as good. Make sure the onions are chopped up fairly small; the texture of the meatloaf is best that way. Also, don't use extra-lean ground beef as you risk having a dry meatloaf rather than a moist one. Leftovers make a wonderful cold sandwich!
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3⁄4 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1⁄2 cup 1% low-fat milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄3 cup ketchup
- 1⁄3 cup barbecue sauce, optional
- Preheat oven to 350F; lightly grease a 9x5 loaf pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for optional barbecue sauce (it really is easiest to use your hands).
- Pack into prepared loaf pan, and spread barbecue sauce over top (ketchup can be substituted for barbecue sauce, or you can just omit it).
- Bake until cooked through, at least one hour (I like to do it for 1 hr 15 mins, and it can even go as long as 90 minutes).
- Drain off fat in pan, let rest for 5 minutes, then cut into slices and serve.
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Wow, this is the my families new favorite meatloaf It is outstanding, and was so quick and easy to prepare I made almost exactly as written. Unfortunately, I was out of onion so I substitute 1 tsp. of onion powder. My only other change was to add a mild salsa to the top of the meatloaf rather that ketchup or barbecue sauce. If you like a little spice, the salsa topping was perfect for us. This meatloaf will be part of our regular rotation. I did bake it for 1 hour and 15 minutes, and let it sit for 10 minutes after baking before slicing. The slices were beautiful -- no falling apart here. Thank you so much for sharing.Reply
First let me say I made several changes. I used a meatloaf mix (grd. beef, veal, and pork), I added some green pepper, sauted the onion, garlic, and gr. pepper. Unfortunately I had to omit the Worcestershire sauce, I thought I had some, but I don't. However, it turned out really moist and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!Reply