Home cooks can choose to make recipes such as prize-winning meatloaf, classic meatloaf or the original meatloaf recipe from the Quaker Oats box to incorporate oats into the dish. Two recipes combine 3/4-cup of uncooked oats with other ingredients.
Preparing the prize-winning meatloaf recipe entails combining lean ground beef and oats with tomato sauce, an egg, onion and seasonings. Lean ground beef, or turkey, is used to make the classic meatloaf recipe. In addition to oats, this recipe includes ketchup, one egg, onion, garlic and Worcestershire, or soy, sauce. This recipe can be customized by adding ingredients such as bell pepper, sliced mushrooms or Parmesan cheese. The Quaker Oats original meatloaf recipe uses oatmeal, instead of uncooked oats. Ground chuck and ground round are blended with ketchup, mustard, milk, onions and garlic. This recipe is a Quaker Oats staple that has been used by generations of cooks since 1891.
Making a great meatloaf begins by selecting a high grade of ground beef, which prevents shrinkage during the baking process. If using bread crumbs, they should be kept at a minimum to avoid a spongy texture. Placing strips of bacon on top of the meatloaf adds flavor and tenderness. Allowing the cooked meatloaf to stand for 20 minutes makes it easier to slice.