You can't top a hearty helping of meat loaf with creamy mashed potatoes on the side," writes Karen Laubman from Spruce Grove, Alberta. "This tender, moist meat loaf with a hint of cheese is a big hit at our house. The addition of oats boosts its nutritional value."
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1-1/2 cups beef broth
- 1-1/2 cups finely chopped onion
- 1-1/2 cups finely chopped celery
- 2-1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 4 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
- In a large bowl, beat eggs; stir in ketchup, mustard, oats, salt, garlic powder, thyme and basil. In a small saucepan, bring broth to a boil; add to oat mixture. Stir in the onion, celery and 2 cups of cheese. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
- Press into two ungreased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 375° for 1-1/4 hours until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°; drain. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; let stand until melted. Yield: 2 loaves (6-8 servings each).
Originally published as Prairie Meat Loaf in Quick Cooking July/August 1998, p38
Light-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.
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