My Mom's Meatloaf

My Mom's Meatloaf

A moist and flavorful meatloaf, perfect for slicing and eating hot or using for cold sandwiches!

Yield: 

10-12 slices

Ingredients: 

1 1/2 pounds 80-85% lean ground beef
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats OR 1 slice of bread, torn into small pieces plus 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1 large or extra-large egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon catsup
1 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoons catsup
water

Instructions: 

1. Place the first 8 ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with your hands.

2. Form meat into one 9-inch long loaf, packing it together well with your hands to avoid air pockets Place in a shallow baking dish (9x13-inch dish works well).

3. Spread 2 tablespoons of catsup over the top of the loaf. Pour water in the dish around the meatloaf, about 1/4 to 1/2-inch deep.

4. Place dish on a rack in the middle of the oven, and then turn on the oven. Set the temperature at 325 degrees F if the dish is glass, and 350 degrees F if it is a metal dish.

5. Bake for 2 hours uncovered. The outside of the loaf will be dark brown.

6. After baking, remove from the dish to a platter. The meatloaf will be easier to slice if you let it cool slightly before slicing. A sharp, thin knife works best for slicing, as a thick knife tends to break up the meat. Slice loaf into 10-12 slices and serve with catsup or barbeque sauce on top.

My Mom's Meatloaf

My Mom's Meatloaf

My mom's meatloaf recipe, with baked potatoes

My mom's meatloaf with baked potatoes

Additional Notes: 

This recipe was submitted to TammysRecipes.com by Tammy's mom, Linda. She writes,

"I often bake potatoes in the oven with the meat loaf. They take about 1 1/2 hours, so I add them about 30 minutes after turning on the oven.

"I scrub the whole potatoes, and then prick them with a fork to allow steam to escape. I do not grease them or wrap them in foil. I place them right on the oven rack. We like our potato skins dry, but if you like them soft, you can grease the potatoes."

Preparation Time: 

20 minutes

Cooking Time: 

2 hours

Tammy's Review: 

This is the BEST meatloaf! I've tried many other recipes, but this one is the most moist, and all-around just great! My rating: 10/10.

This recipe was included in my freezer meal plan of main dishes when preparing for the birth of my fourth child. Read my update on how this recipe and the others turned out after freezing!

Comments

When I thought about this sitting in a "water bath" I was a little hesitant. I have never heard of making meatloaf this way. It turned out great. My husband and boys devoured it. The only thing I might try next time is a little more salt and maybe some garlic. My husband is looking forward to having a meatloaf sandwich in his lunch tomorrow. Thanks Tammy!

Rating: 
5

This was one of the better meatloaves I've made from scratch. (sometimes I cheat and buy the packet of seasoning at the store, we like those pretty well) I've tried a lot of recipes but this one is the best, My husband and daughter really liked it, I thought it was a bit on the bland side, but still good. I will make it again. In fact it's on our menu for this week.

Rating: 
5

Tammy's meatloaf recipe (via her wonderful mother) is really good. I recommend it :) I am a pretty picky meatloaf eater. I liked my mom's... but most others haven't impressed me. Tammy's old recipe (not online) was always fairly bland, dry & greasy, and yet was crumbly. To be honest I never requested it and when it was on the menu I always tried to do my best "helpful husband routine" -- "hey honey, are you sure you want to slave away making meatloaf? The house is quite warm. Why don't I grill some burgers instead?" Desparate? Yes. But desparate times call for desparate measures!!

Ahhh but Tammy's mother's recipe... This recipe is moist and dense and has a nice flavor. Depending on the flavor your prefer you may want to add some more spices, but the core recipe itself is excellent. The waterbath keeps the loaf moist and wicks away the grease. This recipe proves meatloaf need not be a vulgar word at dinner time!

Rating: 
5

This is our meatloaf from now on :)
This is the first meatloaf I have made that did not fall apart and
tasted good!I did do a few things differnt since I only had 1 pound of
the burger it called for.Here is what I used- 1 pound 80-85% burger,1
pound of ground turkey,1/2 cup + 1/8 cup of finely diced onion(in the
mini food chopper),1/2 cup + 1/8 cup oatmeal,2 eggs,1/2 salt,1/4 t.
pepper,1 1/4 T. catsup,1 1/4 T. Milk,Topping I just squirted alot of
catsup and smeared it around. Tell your Mom thanks for the recipe it
is great!

Rating: 
5

I made this meatloaf last night and the comments around the table were 'It's good but the stuff you made before was better'. Now, that said, the 'stuff' I made before was probably not nearly as healthy. It had extra ingredients that contributed to a higher fat content and so although yours was a bit more dry and not as tasty I think I'll stick with your recipe and just improve a few things for our family's likings. I will add more ketchup (catsup for you Americans ;-) to mix in with the meat and probably add some onion powder to make it a bit more flavorful. What I really did love though was how it was a loaf in a 9x13 and the grease could seep out into the water bath and make it even more healthier.

Rating: 
4

I was a little scared about putting all that water around my meatloaf. I had never heard of doing that before but decided that if it worked for you then I would take the chance and try it. I was actually surprised at how well the meatloaf turned out. It tasted very good. My husband loved it and that is all that matters anyway.

Rating: 
5

I have never heard of a water bath for meat loaf before and found it to be great! I used ground turkey for my meatloaf, and it baked in 1.5 hours. It was tasty, my kids gobbled it up, but I think it needs more salt/pepper and maybe a little garlic or onion powder to flavor it up some more. That being said, my family didn't complain a bit and that's a good thing! Thanks for a good basic recipe.

Rating: 
4

We had this last night (and leftovers tonight) and it was really good! My non meat eater daughter ate it as well! My husband said it was really good but he thought it tasted about the same as the one I usually make. I thought it was better, as did the kids. :)

Rating: 
5

I made this the other night for dinner and it was great! I've been searching for a meatloaf recipe for a while, and had resorted to making "meatloaf muffins" in the past to get the mixture to stay together and to avoid slicing. ;) This loaf is just like I remember as a child - dense and moist! I loved it warm out of the oven for dinner but was more excited to have leftovers on a meatloaf sandwich. ;) I did add a few more spices but that's just personal preference. Delicious, Tammy! Thank your mom for us. :D

Rating: 
5

This is a great recipe, we like a bit more seasonings, but overall it was well liked and I'll be using this recipe again and again. Seasonings are easy to add! :)

Rating: 
5

I love meatloaf and found this subsitute that taste great so thought I would share :)
Another sub that works really well is instead of the bread and onions...is to use stove top stuffing mix with the seasoning packet...makes for a great seasoning in the meatloaf..I am new at cooking but I did this and it was great...

Also instead of just doing plain catsup on the top..do a mixture of: ketcup, brownsugar, mustard and worester sauce...gets a great taste with a little punch

Rating: 
4

I prepared this recipe one morning earlier this week so that I could just pop it into the oven in the evening after returning home. I was in a hurry and misread the directions...and ended up putting the meatloaf mixture into a loaf pan rather than forming it into a loaf. But I'm glad I made that mistake - we cooked it as it was and it made a nice loaf that had a crispy "crust" but still stayed moist inside. Now, this probably wasn't the best way to cook the meatloaf since the grease had no way to drain (it probably contributed to the nice crust!) but it did allow the loaf to slide easily out of the pan. :) I'll cook it the proper way next time but it turned out REALLY well this way, too!

Rating: 
5

This recipe is exactly like the one I've made for years...the only difference is the method of cooking it which made all the difference...the texture was just perfect.. this is one of my favorite meals! ( for the topping I do a mixture of ketchup, a little mustard, and a little brown sugar)
Amy

Rating: 
5

From a new fan of this site, in place of the oats/bread, add 1/2 cup of Progresso Bread Crumbs Italian Style. I saute my onions, celery and carrots cut in very small pieces before I add them to the rest of the mixture (saw this on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) and put our favorite BBQ sauce on top of the meatloaf before baking. My husband wasn't a fan of meatloaf and now he loves it!

I gave it a 10 because I'm sure it taste great!

Rating: 
5

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