This meatloaf recipe has an unusual ingredient in it - applesauce. You cannot taste it, but the applesauce keeps the meatloaf moist. This recipe makes great meatloaf sandwiches.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a jelly-roll pan with foil for easy clean-up. Spray with vegetable spray or grease slightly.
Cook or partially cook vegetables in microwave, cool. This is a my personal preference.
Combine all but ground meat. Let stand for about 5 minutes so the oatmeal can absorb the flavors. Add meat; mix gently.
Place meatloaf mixture on pan. Shape gently but firmly into a loaf shape.
Bake for one hour or until internal temperature is 155 degrees F Let rest 15 minutes before slicing.
Whisk together optional topping ingredients. Top meatloaf and the sides with one-half of mix before baking. Top with remaining mix ten minutes before meatloaf is done.
I usually double the recipe and make two meatloaves and bake them side by side in the pan.
You can top the meatloaf with slices of bacon before baking.
Recently I have been using my small food processor to make a thick paste out of the cooked vegetables and then mix in the applesauce, egg, and spices. I add this to the oatmeal; allowing it to stand for five minutes. Gently mix in the ground meat. My family prefers it this way now.
|Time:||20-30 Minutes Preparation Time|
1 Hours Cooking Time
By Mike from NE PA / USA
This sounds enough like my mom's recipe to be something she'd cook, so of course, you know I have to make it. It sounds so good. Mom always put applesauce in meatloaf and in her hamloaf as well. Both were delicious.
Thank you for sharing your recipe.
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