|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 6 to 8|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 28g||36%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||46%|
|Total Carbohydrate 40g||15%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||20%|
|Total Sugars 7g|
|Vitamin C 26mg||129%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Meatloaf is an easy and filling recipe that is often reminiscent of weeknight dinners as a child, served with a side of mashed potatoes and green beans. Although there are many versions, and each household claims to have the perfect recipe for moist and delicious meatloaf, the truth is that oatmeal meatloaf is a poorly kept secret well known to many cooks, and it's one simple recipe that you'll want to learn.
Beef and oatmeal make a hearty filling, while flavorful savory seasonings perfume this classic loaf. Using oats adds soluble fiber, plus other wonderfully nutritious elements like extra protein, antioxidants, manganese, and phosphorus. Because it's so filling, this loaf can feed up to eight hungry guests, and the leftovers, if any, can be stored for a couple of days in the fridge, or be frozen for up to three months before reheating. Use leftovers for sandwiches, or add into stuffed peppers, tacos, or grilled cheese.
Store-bought ketchup is traditionally used in many recipes to top the loaf, but barbecue sauce would be delicious as well. The oatmeal in the loaf is also a traditional choice, and it actually makes this dish suitable for gluten-free diets. Check the labels on the oatmeal, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce for wheat warnings if you really need to keep this dish celiac friendly. Don't miss out on a slice of this classic recipe.
2 pounds ground beef (80 to 85 percent lean)
2 tablespoons grated onion
1 large egg (slightly beaten)
1/2 teaspoon garlic (crushed, finely minced)
3/4 cup oatmeal (quick or old-fashioned)
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup ketchup (plus more for topping)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or sage)
6 cups mashed potatoes (for serving)
1 1/2 pounds green beans (for serving)
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C / Gas Mark 4) and grease a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf or meatloaf pan.
Combine the ground beef, grated onion, egg, garlic, oatmeal, milk, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and thyme or sage.
Mix thoroughly but don't overwork the beef.
Loosely pack the ground beef mixture into the prepared loaf pan.
Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Remove and carefully pour off any excess grease that might have built up during cooking.
Spread ketchup to taste over the top of the meatloaf and return to the oven for 15 to 20 minutes longer to caramelize the topping.
Remove from the pan, slice, and serve with mashed potatoes and green beans.
What Can I Use Instead of Ketchup?
If you'd rather not use ketchup in your filling or as the topping of the loaf, here are a few suggestions:
- For a homemade approach free of preservatives and stabilizers, make your own ketchup.
- For a tomato-free meatloaf, skip it altogether in the filling, adding 1 tablespoon of olive oil to add moisture, and choose a different topping like basic chicken gravy, a mushroom gravy, 3 to 4 tablespoons of flavorful compound butter with garlic or herbs, or pungent blue cheese butter.
- For a different approach, use caramelized onions to top your meatloaf.
Additional Ingredients and Substitutions
For extra nutrition, use other vegetables in your oatmeal meatloaf:
- Add a few tablespoons of minced green or red bell pepper and shredded carrots by processing the veggies in a food processor and then sautéing them in a tablespoon of vegetable oil before adding them to the meatloaf.
- Use part tomato juice as the liquid in the loaf by replacing half of the milk with the juice.
For a savory cheese filling:
- Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of the shredded cheese of your liking.
For a dairy-free version:
- Substitute the milk with beef broth, water, chicken stock, or a non-dairy beverage with a mild flavor, like almond or soy. If using cheese, use vegan cheese instead of dairy-based cheese.
For an extra-juicy meatloaf:
- Substitute half of the beef with ground pork.