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Old 12-28-2018, 10:05 PM   #11
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That's a very good link with common mistakes. Like one of the posters I'd agree with this also..
I don't squeeze the mixture. I do the divide and turn over. It does take a bit longer, but it is always moist. And I do use the milk. Sometimes even evaporated milk mixed with water.

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Old 12-28-2018, 10:14 PM   #12
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Meatloaf.....we love meatloaf. I have a separate section in my cooking file just for meatloaf.

It's one of the most versatile entree items I've been able to offer my family.

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Old 12-29-2018, 09:35 AM   #13
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Like a couple of previous posters, I use oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs, and I've never put milk in it. It's how my Mom made it and it's how I prefer it. Egg, chopped onion, salt and pepper, and oatmeal. Mix into the meat gently, and then I bake it in a loaf pan for about 45 minutes. Then I pour a can of cream of mushroom soup over it, and dot sliced pimento stuffed olives over it and return to the oven until done.

I've tried other mixes and sauces, but I've always returned to my roots.
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Old 12-29-2018, 09:47 AM   #14
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I don't use bread or bread crumbs. I use rolled oats.

Old Fashioned Meat Loaf

  • 2 Tbs light olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1½ cups tomato sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 lbs meat loaf mix (1 lb beef, ½ lb pork, ½ lb veal)
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp mustard powder

Sauté the onion, bell pepper, and celery in 2 Tbs of olive oil until the onions are translucent. Add the tomato sauce, the garlic and the oregano, simmer on low heat for 20 minutes, and allow to cool.

In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, lemon juice and mustard powder.

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Whisk the egg in a large bowl. Add the meat loaf mix and oats to the egg and mix thoroughly. Add ½ cup of the sauce and combine the sauce with the meat mixture. Pat the mixture into a greased loaf pan, invert the loaf pan onto a broiler pan and remove the loaf pan. Bake the meat loaf in a 375F oven for 1 hour. Slice meatloaf into 8 servings and top each serving with 2 Tbs tomato sauce.
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:57 AM   #15
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I don't use crumbs or milk. I use uncooked rolled oats instead.
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Old 12-29-2018, 11:20 AM   #16
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I think I used to use bread crumbs. Now I use crushed Weetabix or crushed breakfast cereal flakes. It adds a little something extra.
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Old 12-29-2018, 11:37 AM   #17
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I'll have to try the oats. I usually use bread crumbs, or sometimes crushed saltine crackers. I also add a 1/2 pound of ground turkey to the ground meat. It keeps the meatloaf from falling apart, giving it a nice firm texture.
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Old 12-29-2018, 12:27 PM   #18
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The meatloaf I make most often is a pound each of lamb and beef with two eggs and breadcrumbs along with onion, tomato, parsley and seasonings.
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Old 12-29-2018, 02:42 PM   #19
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Here's a recipe that I use from a company that would like to see you use oats instead of bread crumbs:

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That's "my" basic recipe, tenspeed! I have the old Quaker cook booklet with recipes for baked goods and entrees using Quaker Oats. Still turns out fine even when I use oatmeal from Aldi or the Amish bulk food store, though.

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