Originally Posted by Barbara L
I'm not going to attempt to answer your question, as it seems to have been well covered. I just thought it was interesting. Personally, I have never made meatloaf with bread or crackers, just oatmeal. I love the texture it gives the meatloaf. That is how my mom always made hers too.
Yup, I learned at my my mother's knee and she always used oatmeal for the dry ingredient. But I also use egg, and never have a problem with crumbling. In addition to lean ground beef, I mix in chopped onion, sliced mushrooms, oatmeal, egg, salt and pepper, cook for 1 hour at 375, then cover with a can of cream of mushroom soup, garnish with sliced pimento olives, and cook for about 1/2 hour more or till the meat is done. I've never had a recipe, just do it by what looks right. Always seems to come out perfectly.
Edit: The cooking time is for a 2 pound loaf.