This recipe makes a traditional meatloaf that is good tasting as well as good for you. It's secret ingredient is Quaker Oats. They keep the meatloaf from crumbling, and hold in all the juices, for a rich full flavor. Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans, or branch out by serving with an exotic grain like bulgar and broccoli or broccolini.
Guest Foodie January 11, 2014 REVIEW:
My Mom fixed this one too all our childhood and I made it for my family for years. Still making it for the Hub and I. Just cant get enough of it !!!! Its so yummy. Will not order it out in
restaurants.. always too mushy... Love this one too much !!!
Member since: May 10, 2010
gsam October 22, 2013 REVIEW:
This meatloaf is one of the best you'll ever had. The recipe has been around forever (looks like many of us remember it from when we were kids) and it's really a no-fail recipe. you can dress it up with other spices/seasonings but if you stick with the base recipe you can't go wrong.
Tara April 18, 2013 REVIEW:
I used tomato soup instead of juice because of what I had in the cabinet, but followed the recipe otherwise.
My husband was so amazed by the meatloaf, he left me a voicemail about how it was "the best meatloaf he ever had", and also sent me a text that the meatloaf was "amazing!" He rarely thanks me for dinner, let alone raves about it.
Thanks for the recipe!!!!!
beryl518 January 12, 2013 REVIEW:
I didn't have any crackers to make my regular meatloaf, so went in search of a recipe and found this. I must say I was a little leery about oatmeal because I wasn't a fan of my Mom's meatloaf that used oatmeal.I may never make my "old" meatloaf recipe again. I loved this!!! It was so easy to prepare using the small bowl of my food processor for the peppers-as suggested by another reviewer-and onions. Smelled delicious cooking. I used San Marzano strained tomatoes and as I'm writing this I realize I forgot the egg!! Didn't seem to matter. I didn't bother with the topping as I wasn't having potatoes, plus didn't want the extra calories. I will definitely make this again!!!
GrmaBeth December 26, 2012 COMMENT: My Mom always put bacon strips diagonally across the top & then put catsup on the bacon. Becausse we're serving a lot of folks, I just form a loaf by hand and bake in a 13x9 pan.
Trishpop November 12, 2012 REVIEW:
Just as the rest of you, I grew up on this recipe and I consider it to be the best ever meatloaf!
Over the years I've altered the recipe to suit the times or my tastebuds. I occasionally substitute ground turkey for the ground beef. And I always add 2-3 Tbsp. of either Worcestershire sauce or A-1.
My family has a difficult time deciding which meat they prefer, both are great.
thegreataunt October 27, 2012 COMMENT: Agreed! Best meatloaf recipe ever. I now put down half of the meat,then a hardy layer of cheese, then the rest of the meat and then put barbeque sauce on top for last 15 minutes. YUUUMMMMY!
Hank June 19, 2012 REVIEW:
My favotite recipe. For something really great, make patties out of the meatloaf, fry them like hamburgers, then in the last couple of minutes lay some Velveeta on top and let it melt. Serve on buns with a little mayo and a slice of Vidalia onion. Best burger you'll ever eat!
lazycook April 1, 2012 REVIEW:
I love this recipe. It is so easy. I can't eat oats because of a gluten issue so I substitute quinoa flakes. I also substitute V8 for tomato juice just because I like the flavor better. Also I used powdered onion because I am lazy and don't really care for onions too much anyway. I put this in casserole dish because it cooks faster and after I take it out I spoon on some tomato sauce or salsa on top which ever I have around.
joani April 1, 2012 REVIEW:
This is a super basic recipe. The only addition I Make is a slosh of Worcestershire. I top the meatloaf with equal parts of mustard/katsup, brown sugar. I think I can get 6 servings from this recipe, so fewer calories/serving.
Member since: Mar 19, 2012
pprose3 March 19, 2012 REVIEW:
I was so happy to find this recipe. The recipe on the Quaker Oatmeal web page is not the original! I was so frustrated when I couldn't find it. You have made me very happy since this is the only meatloaf I like.
sqina March 1, 2012 REVIEW:
I use this recipe also but add a little dijon and allspice. When half way thru the cooking time I pour some beef broth over and again near end of cooking time. This makes a great gravy with your meatloaf.
Member since: Jan 3, 2012
delennstarheart January 3, 2012 REVIEW:
I grew up on this version of oatmeal (age 60 now)! The onions were coarsely cut, not finely. We used tomato paste and 1/4 cup of water instead of the tomato juice--it added a more robust flavor. As am adult I poured either tomato sauce or diced tomatoes (depending upon whim).
It wasn't until later in life that I tasted meatloaf made with breadcrumbs--to me, the texture was mealy and unappealing.
Home cook August 14, 2011 REVIEW:
Great recipe. I like to add in A-1 sauce combined worcestershire sauce.
Member since: Jul 3, 2011
doedoe July 3, 2011 REVIEW:
If your a meat loaf lover then this is the one for you. For all of my life anyone I have served this to has commented "This is the best meat loaf I have ever had" then always ask what's in it. When they hear it has oatmeal in it you can see the surprise in their eyes. I make as recipe says and the last 15 minutes I coat top of meat loaf with Heinz Chile Sauce, Always moist and tasty. I've lost count how many times I've been called for this recipe. It's a oldie but always a goodie :)
eao April 2, 2011 REVIEW:
When growing up I had to start dinner while my mother was at work. I had to make meatloaf one time and we didn't have any bread. I saw the recipe on the oatmeal box and went with it. I didn't tell anyone I changed the recipe for fear that if my brothers knew there was oatmeal in it they wouldn't eat it. They ate it and loved it, and said that the meatloaf from now on had to be made this way. It was a hit and from that day forward the meatloaf was made this way. My oldest brother as myself still make meatloaf using this recipe to this day. It is moist and comes out good every time.
Guest Foodie March 15, 2011 REVIEW:
I too used this
Oklahoma February 27, 2011 REVIEW:
THE BEST Meatloaf Recipe Hands Down. We add a glaze of brown sugar and dijon mustard (blend to taste) to the top about 15 minutes before it finishes cooking.
Guest Foodie January 20, 2011 REVIEW:
Try a mixture of chili sauce and ketchup (or just the chili sauce) for a great topping on the loaf. I use Spicy V8 juice. About 40 years ago I figured out that you could do almost anything to the basic recipe and get something speical with a few veryations. Try using pizza sauce with shredded mozzerella cheese and black olives and mushrooms mixed in with the beef - save some of the pizza sauce for topping. It's a great change for people who say - I don't like meatloaf!
travlsum January 14, 2011 REVIEW:
I just got off the phone w/ my MOM for the recipe. I had a hankering to cook this up! It's cold here in Maine and I want to cook up some comfort food and it couldn't get any better than this meatloaf! Mom had the panel off the box from years ago. Just thought I'd see if I could find it on line!!! Thank you. Please indulge, it's a winner.
Marge November 27, 2010 REVIEW:
I have used this recipe for as long as I can remember. Not at home now so was happy to find it on line. No other satisfies.
rt November 22, 2010 REVIEW:
I too had this recipe still on the side of the oatmeal box. When I went to get it from the drawer--it's missing.Someone must have found it interesting.I went on the web and found it-soooo happy.
I have never used any other recipe for meatloaf.
Denise November 12, 2010 REVIEW:
I grew up with this recipe as well and my family now loves it, in fact my pre-schooler wanted to take it for treats for his birthday(LOL). I use spicy V-8 and throw in a little crushed red pepper to spice it up a little, we like spicy!
Beat Meatloaf Recipe November 5, 2010 REVIEW:
I got this recipe from my mother-in-law when I first married my husband. I have used it ever since. It's easy and comes out moist and delicious every time. I have always substituted tomato sauce for the original catsup the recipe calls for but there is not much difference in taste. I have never had a meatloaf recipe that was better!
Kristin October 19, 2010 REVIEW:
There is no point in making any other recipe. This is the what we all grew up on, what we count on, and LOVE. It never fails!!
gw October 9, 2010 REVIEW:
I, too, use V-8 juice instead of plain tomato juice. Family favorite for 50 years! For an extra treat, combine 1 cup catsup with 1/2 cup of honey and pour over meatloaf before baking. So good!
Chris April 8, 2010 REVIEW:
Use V-8 instead of tomato juice. Use one pkg onion soup mix or any other like beefy onion or onion mushroom instead of onions and spices. Super simple and so delicious!
Member since: Feb 4, 2010
SaraG February 4, 2010 REVIEW:
I agree with other reviewers. A meatloaf from childhood that my adult children grew up with. Absolutely the best meatloaf ever. Moist and delicious. I substitute V-8 Vegetable Juice for the tomato juice. More flavor. As for regular oats or quick cooking, you can use either. I usually use the quick cooking kind.
BL January 24, 2010 REVIEW:
Can't fail meatloaf. Taste just like Mom did it. You can taylor the ingredients any way you want, always turns out excellent. Works good with turkey as well.
CJ December 14, 2009 REVIEW:
Yup, this was my mom's meatloaf, too. I requested it for my birthday every year. I've used both, but prefer the regular rolled oats, not instant. Also, as I've aged and my palate likes things a little zippier, I use medium chunky salsa instead of tomato sauce and it works great. The ketchup is for the top, as a glaze. Lean ground beef works best.
collyanna December 11, 2009 REVIEW:
this is the meatloaf my mother used to make our family as well. she actually still has the recipe she cut from the cardboard box (it does call for tomato juice) in the 70's at some point. i agree it's the BEST meatloaf ever -- just say "no" to breadcrumbs! i like to grate carrots into the mix to get some veggies in there. sandwiches the next day are the best!
Trudy November 20, 2009 REVIEW:
I can't begin to tell you how happy I was to find this recipe. This is the same recipe that I used years ago when I was raising my children.Lost it when my house burned.My guests and children always saw that there were no leftovers. Sooo delicious. Never dry.
mameson October 29, 2009 REVIEW:
I've used this recipe for years. I got it from a box of Quaker Oats. I use an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce instead of the tomato juice. I couldn't find the panel that I cut from the oatmeal box so I googled the recipe. The recipe I got from Quaker Oats site calls for catsup. This recipe is the same as the one that I got from the oatmeal box. You'd think the Quaker Oats website would have the same recipe thay put on their boxes.
toni October 28, 2009 COMMENT: For the delish meatloaf--are the oats quick oats or regular? Or does it matter?
Paulie July 17, 2009 REVIEW:
The best I've ever had...tastes GREAT!!!
eeltac April 18, 2009 REVIEW:
same recipe i grew up with except my mom used ketchup in place of tomato juice/soup
Sarah H December 22, 2008 REVIEW:
This is the best meatloaf ever! Never dry or mealy tasting. My mom made this for us as well except she used 1c. of tomato soup for the juice. My hubby thinks it's better than his mom's.
:-) we won't tell her that though.
Tia Moss September 21, 2008 COMMENT: Like the other reviewers, this is the recipe I loved as a child. Now I make it for my son and husband, who love it, too!
Daisy January 11, 2008 REVIEW:
This meatloaf is our family's favorite. My son has requested it for his 41st birthday dinner!
Mike D. November 9, 2007 REVIEW:
I agree with the previous reviewer...this is the meatloaf my mom made, too. No matter how many other variations I've tried, nothing compares to this one. It makes a great main dish as well as amazing sandwiches from the leftovers.
Colleen Riggs October 24, 2007 REVIEW:
This is the meatloaf recipe my mom has used my whole life and my grandma made it too. This is the best meatloaf I have ever had. I have tried others that were good but nothing compares to this one.
Liz August 30, 2006 REVIEW:
This is the best meatloaf recipe I have ever tried. It is juicy, delicious, and VERY easy to make! I would totally recommend it to everyone! Its now my boyfriend's favorite dish!