Easy Meatloaf Recipe With Oatmeal
Meatloaf With Ketchup Topping
How to Make Meatloaf
Many people learn how to make meatloaf when they first start cooking. Meat loaf is a versatile recipe that can be made in many different ways. However, it's hard to beat a classic meatloaf recipe like the Quaker Oats meatloaf recipe or an easy meatloaf recipe like the Lipton Onion Soup meatloaf recipe. Both are simple meatloaf recipes that have proven themselves over the years.
However, I really believe that my recipe beats both of them because it contains the best of both meatloaf worlds. My meatloaf has the quick oats added instead of bread crumbs. I believe that oats give a better texture and you never bite into a soggy piece of bread like a person sometimes does when eating meatloaf made with bread crumbs. Also, my meatloaf recipe uses onion soup mix like the classic Lipton soup meatloaf recipe. This greatly reduces preparation time- no onions to chop! Plus, the onion soup mix adds lots of flavor.
Take note, though, that my meatloaf recipe is not firm and dry like many meatloaf recipes. If you like the firm meatloaf like that often found in restaurants, you may not like this meatloaf. Personally, I can't stand dry meatloaf. That's why so many people drown their meatloaf in ketchup. My meatloaf recipe has a sweet topping that requires nothing else to be added to the meatloaf when it's done.
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Easy Meatloaf Recipe
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
3/4 cup uncooked oats
3/4 cup ketchup
1 envelope onion soup mix
Meatloaf Topping Ingredients
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all of the meatloaf ingredients (not including the topping) in a large bowl. Mix well, making sure to get the soup mix combined well with the rest of the meatloaf ingredients. Shape ground beef mixture into a loaf shape in a large baking pan. Glass baking pans are better, as the meatloaf doesn't stick as badly and you can see through the dish if the meatloaf is done. Place in oven for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix all of the meatloaf topping ingredients together in a small bowl. Mix well to avoid lumps in the brown sugar. A fork works best to mix up the meatloaf topping. After 30 minutes, remove the meatloaf from the oven. Spread the meatloaf topping evenly over the meatloaf with a spatula or pastry brush. Return the meatloaf to the oven at 350 degrees for approximately another 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Let meatloaf stand for about five minutes before slicing.
Meatloaf may be stored frozen for 3 months.
*Note: This meatloaf recipe uses more ketchup than most, so the meatloaf may have a reddish tinge. This is why it's important to use a meat thermometer to determine if the meatloaf is fully cooked. For more information on the proper internal cooking temperatures of various foods, visit here.
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