Momma’s Meat Loaf

Here is the first official post of my family’s recipes. I posted the recipe for chicken and dumplings the other day without realizing that. I’m making meat loaf tonight for my friend that had a baby 3 weeks ago. My mom has made this ever since I was little and it’s probably my favorite thing she makes. Our recipe for meat loaf is very different than most peoples. We use oatmeal intead of bread crumbs. Don’t diss it just yet… I have a friend that hates meat loaf loves mine! Try it! You know you’ll like it!

And there’s something you need to know about most of my family recipes. We don’t measure. We use however much looks good to us. We know how much it needs to come out right. You just eye it. I’m trying my best to put this into amounts, but you may have to play around with it. Maybe next time I’ll try to measure everything, but please bear with me.

Momma’s Meat Loaf
1 lb. ground beef, thawed (ground turkey works well too!)
1/2-1 cup oats (either kind works… old fashion vs. instant)
1 egg
Salt, to taste
1/3 cup Onion, chopped (optional)
Bacon (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, place the ground beef, oats, egg, salt, onion, and about 1/2-1 cup of ketchup. (If it looks too dry, add more ketchup. If it looks too liquidy, add more oats. Use common sense here.) Mix with your <clean> hands. It’s kind of fun. Just make sure it’s all mushed together.

Next, place the meat loaf into a loaf pan or a small casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes. You may need to drain some of the grease. If you’re using bacon, leave the strips long and just lay the raw bacon on the meat loaf. Then add enough ketchup to cover the dish. Use a spoon to spread it out. It doesn’t have to be too thick. Place back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes. Remove, let it set for about 5 minutes. Serve in 2 1/2 inch squares.

Serve with mashed potatoes and peas. Or with rice and green beans. Those are my favorites to eat with it. Top is off with a cold glass of milk.


One response to “Momma’s Meat Loaf

  1. My mom always put oats in her meatloaf, too! I use both oats or breadcrumbs, whatever I have on hand. The last time I made meatloaf, I put in waaay to much breadcrumbs and it was so gross! I also put bacon on mine when I have it, too. Most everything’s better with a little bacon. 😉 I also use a little trick from Paula Deen…. I put slices of bread in the bottom of my loaf pan to soak up the grease. Or, I make individual mini meatloaves on a cookie sheet a la Ina Garten.

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