i love meatloaf... it's true... on a bad day, it can brighten life... on a good day, it can make things even better...
one thing i've found with meatloaf is that it can be a convenience food, or it can show the personality of the chef... and sometime both...
this is a basic meatloaf recipe that you can spice up however you like... i use this base recipe for a lot of foods... sometimes i will make a double recipe and grill some up for burgers or brown the mixture in a skillet and serve it over rice and use the other half for meatloaf... it's simple, easy, and delicious... not to mention, fairly inexpensive...
2 lbs. ground meat (beef, turkey, your preference)
1 cup of old fashioned oats (not the quick oats)
3/4 cup of ketchup
1 package of onion soup mix
EXTRAS: (chef's preference)
it's up to you... just use your imagination...
combine ingredients in a bowl (i use a spoon... everyone else i know uses their hands)
place in loaf pan
350˚ for 50-60 minutes or at least 160˚ internal temperature
ALTERNATE COOKING METHOD** (i prefer this one!)
place mixture in a crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours