My Mom's Meatloaf

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.



  • 1 cup green and/or red peppers, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped fine
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 3/4 - 1 cup dry oatmeal
  • 2 lb. meatloaf mix or lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp. horseradish (optional)
  • Tabasco sauce, to taste (optional)

Optional Topping:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. horseradish
  • 2 Tbsp. horseradish or regular mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce


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.


Servings: 8
Time:20-30 Minutes Preparation Time
1 Hours Cooking Time

By it' from NE PA / USA

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February 22, 20110 found this helpful

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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