|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
This classic meatloaf is an all-beef meatloaf with oatmeal, onion, and a little garlic. Ketchup topping is traditionally used, but a topping of barbecue sauce would be delicious as well. The oatmeal in the loaf is also a traditional choice, but an equal amount of bread crumbs or crumbled crackers could certainly be substituted.
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 tablespoons grated onion
- 1 large egg (slightly beaten)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic (crushed and 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)
Heat the oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4). Grease a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan or meatloaf pan.
Combine the ground beef, grated onion, egg, garlic, oatmeal, milk, 1/4 cup of ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and sage or thyme.
Blend the mixture thoroughly but don't over-mix.
Pack the ground beef mixture loosely into the prepared loaf pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes; then remove and carefully pour off any excess grease.
Spread ketchup over the top of the meatloaf and return to the oven for 15 to 20 minutes longer.
Tips and Variations
The fat content is the key to flavor and juiciness of a meatloaf. Choose 80 to 85 percent for the most flavorful and juiciest meatloaf. Replace some of the ground beef with ground pork if your beef is quite lean.
Add a few tablespoons of minced green or red bell pepper and shredded carrots, if desired. For extra moisture, mince any vegetables in a food processor and saute in a tablespoon of vegetable oil before adding to the meatloaf.