Looking for an easy recipe of meatloaf? Look no further! This Old Fashioned Meatloaf With Oats is what you need. A classic American Midwest recipe, this meatloaf is delicious and comforting any time of the year, but more suitable for the cold season.
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Old Fashioned Meatloaf With Oats- Midwest Style
Minnesota has a wonderful cuisine, and also happens to be a state that appreciates a good meatloaf. The recipe that I will share with you today is very traditional in this part of the world.
It is comfort food, and a great meal for cold nights. And we do have plenty of those cold nights around here.
If you reached this recipe, you probably like meatloaf, which I am glad, because I never understood the haters out there who think of meatloaf as a disgusting meal. I had good and bad meatloaf versions over the years, and if you do not know what you are doing, it can be indeed an awful experience.
Everyone has their own idea on how meatloaf should be made. Search “meatloaf recipe” on the internet and get hundreds of ideas on how to make this traditional cold weather dish.
With so many opinions out there, the only thing to do is to add your personal touches to a classic recipe and turn an average meal into a delicious dish that everyone will enjoy.
Besides the fact that it is considered comfort food, the recipe is also very easy to put together. My friend Audrey, a true Midwestern gal, gave me this recipe few years ago, recipe that I kept like a little treasure together with other recipes she shared with me over the years.
So, how do you spice up a meatloaf recipe?
- Well, first of all, you have to start with the meat. The original recipe calls for ground beef, but I tried ground pork, or a combination of beef and pork and it was delicious. You can also try beef and turkey. All these combinations make for a richer and more flavorful meatloaf.
- Do you want it gluten free? Remove the bread crumbs, or the quick oats and replace them with equal amount of cooked quinoa or rice. You will add to your meatloaf the density it needs and eliminates the gluten. This swap will also help to keep the texture the same without sacrificing taste. Adding other ingredients to the meatloaf can increase complexity and give it a flavor that may compliment the wine or the side dish you picked to go with dinner.
- Bacon, maybe? It would be a good option to wrap the loaf of meat with bacon before you put it in the oven. It is perfect for these who love saltiness and want to add a little more fat to the mix.
- Spices: While this recipe is a classic and doesn’t have a lot of spices, you can definitely add your own touch. Minced garlic cloves, thyme, hot sauce, oregano, chili powder etc could work. Make the recipe your own but be careful to not dump every spice or herb under the sun in the meat. Choose one or two and leave the rest for the next occasion.
Can you make meatloaf in a slow cooker?
There are many cookbooks out there and also blogs and recipes all over internet that will tell you how wonderful moist and amazing meatloaf you can make in the slow cooker. I personally found it challenging to keep the loaves even appealing to the eye.
The meatloaf comes out greasy, unattractive and not keeping its shape. If you like scooping the meat out with a spoon, then it might be your thing.
You can use leaner meat and increase the amount of “panade”( a mixture of bread, panko, oats, crackers etc and liquid that is added to ground meat. It could be milk, stock or water.) However, the result is going to be mushy and also dry, as there is not much fat in a leaner meat.
Even if you end up with a loaf, you will still need to place it under a broiler to ensure an attractive, caramelized top.
How to make this Old Fashioned Meatloaf With Oats- Midwest Style:
For this meatloaf recipe, in particular, you need only about 10 minutes to put the ingredients together and an hour to bake it. How easy is that?
You basically mix all the ingredients together, then place the mixture into a greased loaf pan .
Spread the meat mixture evenly, then mix brown sugar, ketchup and mustard and spread it over the meat.
Bake for an hour at 350F. Slice and serve cold or warm with mashed potatoes, vegetables, cheesy potatoes, or anything you like.
- 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 small onion chopped finely
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup oats(oven toasted or steel cut)
- Sauce over the meatloaf:
- 3 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 teaspoon mustard(your preference)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Beat the egg briefly with a fork.
- In a large bowl place the ground meat and add the chopped onion, egg, salt and pepper, milk and oats.
- Mix the ingredients well together.
- Put the mixture into a greased loaf pan. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, mustard and ketchup.
- Spread the sauce over the loaf and bake for 1 hour.
- Serve warm or hot with the favorite side dish.
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 273 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 101mg Sodium: 499mg Carbohydrates: 6g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 4g Protein: 25g