This is, hands down, the best meatloaf recipe I've ever tried. I would have never thought to use oatmeal as a filler, but it definitely works! Even people that hate meatloaf love this recipe. And no matter what anyone says, it does NOT taste like an oatmeal cookie. As a matter of fact, no one I've ever served it to has ever guessed that the secret ingredient is oats. The only thing I do differently is make a brown gravy to go over the meatloaf upon serving. I cook a 1/4 cup flour with a 1/4 cup melted butter in a small saucepan until it forms into a paste and starts to brown. Then I add 2 cups of beef stock, and stir until thickened. I then kick up the taste by adding a cube of Knorr Beef Concentrated Stock and a tsp of Kitchen Bouquet. I serve this with the meatloaf and mashed potatoes. There is something magical about the taste of the gravy together with the tomato/brown sugar topping. If you are a mushroom fan, sauté some mushrooms with the butter until soft, and then proceed with the flour, stock, etc.
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This is, hands down, the best meatloaf recipe I've ever tried. I would have never thought to...