Sunday, December 22, 2013


Oh, hello there... Long time no cook, eh?

I will admit - life got a little busy. But with the holiday season, my thoughts were constantly turning to grandma. There was a reason I started this blog, and that's the same reason I'm here today; to remember Mrs. Mary Murphy.

I made this recipe awhile back, but didn't blog it at the time. And I'm sorry for that - as it is absolutely delicious! Seriously, the best (and easiest!) meatloaf recipe I have ever tried.

The Recipe Card

The Process

Soak rolled oats in tomato juice for 10 minutes. Yes, I use my iPhone as a timer. Wonder what grandma would think of that ;)

While the oats are soaking (this is a really important step by the way! The oats soak up all the juice and I can only assume this is why the meatloaf is so juicy and delicious), I shooed my children out of the kitchen so they wouldn't see me crying over the onions.

In a separate bowl, I combined the egg, mustard, salt and pepper

And then added it to the ground beef

Yum! ... ;) Add in the rolled oats and you're off!

I packed mine into mini loaf pans instead of one large loaf pan so I could have a variety of toppings.

Yes, that's right, variety IS the spice of life!

Pop 'em in the oven, and an hour later, you have a delicious dinner!

The Recipe

1 cup Rolled Oats
1-1/4 cups Tomato Juice
1 Egg
1-1/2 pound Ground Beef
1/4 cup Onion (minced)
1-1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Mustard
1/4 tsp Pepper

1. Soak rolled oats in tomato juice for 10 minutes.
2. Add slightly beaten eggs, ground beed, onion and seasonings to combine thoroughly.
3. Pack in greased loaf pan 4-1/2" x 10".
4. Bake in moderate oven 350 degrees for 1 hour

Serve hot or cold. Yields 12 servings.

My Personal Notes

  • I followed the recipe exactly for this one. I wouldn't change a thing!
  • The toppings I used for my mini loaves were:
    • 2 plain (no topping)
    • 2 Ketchup (for the boys)
    • 2 Sweet & Spicy Mustard (from Epicure)
    • 2 Red Pepper Jelly (homemade by my mom)

That's it! Easy-peasy. I promise you, if you make this one (and you're a fan of meatloaf), you will not be disappointed!

Even my kiddos loved it!

Be sure to check back next time for some delicious Cherry Macaroon Cookies. My husband described his first bite as having 'fireworks' in his mouth. :)