This recipe is a slightly modernized version of an old recipe found on the container of Quaker Oats. In 1877 Quaker Oats was formed, and its name was registered as the first trademark ever for breakfast cereal. Quaker Oats put its first recipe on the box in 1891, for oatmeal bread. This marked another first -- no brand had ever put a recipe on its box before. Oatmeal makes for a nice -- and more nutritious -- change of pace from the usual breadcrumbs binder for meatloaf.
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
- In a large bowl, mix ground chuck, ground round, onions, garlic, milk, egg, oatmeal, Worcestershire salt and pepper.
- Press into an 8- by 4-inch loaf pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.
- Remove from the oven.
- Combine the ketchup and mustard and spread evenly over the meatloaf.
- Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches at least 160 F.
- Let the meatloaf rest for at least 20 minutes before slicing and serving.
The Quaker Oats website suggests varying the recipe by adding 1/2 cup frozen (thawed) or canned corn, chopped green pepper, mushrooms, 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, parsley or cilantro. Or mix in a combination of these ingredients that strikes your fancy. Another idea is to make the basic recipe, without the ketchup and mustard on top, and instead top with your cheese of choice when the meatloaf is done. (If you do this, bake completely, for the entire hour or so, before you put the cheese on top.) Return it to the oven for just a few minutes until the cheese is melted.
Meatloaf is the epitome of comfort food and is most often served as a family meal. Many accompaniments make good complements for this American favorite. Mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes and potatoes au gratin all make a hearty meal. Serve with french-cut green beans, either at their minimal best, with butter and salt and pepper, or dolled up with olive oil, Parmesan, garlic and pepper and warmed in the oven for a few minutes. Roasted seasonal vegetables and warmed French or sourdough bread make for a lighter but tasty menu. Creamy, cheesy corn casserole is a tasty accompaniment that's vegetable and carb all in one for a cozy wintertime dinner.
It's sometimes difficult to figure out just the right wine to drink with down-home comfort food. You need a bold red to stand up to the richness of meatloaf. Try zinfandel, zinfandel blends, Cotes du Rhone, merlot, burgundy or for something a little offbeat, bring home a bottle of Montepulciano.