1 lb Ground Chuck
1 lb Ground Pork (not sausage)
1 lb Ground Veal
3/4 cup Corn Flake Crumbs
3/4 cup oats
1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp Basil
1/2 tbsp Cumin
1 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tbsp Oregano
1 small, minced red onion
1 tbsp butter (not margarine)
1/4 tsp salt
1 (12 oz) can tomato sauce
1 tbsp chopped chives (fresh or dry)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Saute the onion with the butter and salt in a small skillet until the onion is soft and translucent. Remove from heat and let cool while you combine the meat, Corn Flake crumbs, Oatmeal, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, and parmesan cheese in a mixing bowl. Add the sauteed onions, Basil, Cumin, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, and Oregano and combine. Spread the mixture evenly in a cassarole dish and top with tomato sauce. Sprinkle with chives and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, or until internal temperature measures 160 degrees F. Remove from oven, and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
If you cannot find Corn Flake Crumbs, which should be available at any grocery store, you can use bread crumbs.
The meat mixture is the suggested selection. You can use any ground beef or pork, as long as it is approximately three pounds total.
The salt is not being used for flavor. It is there to draw the moisture out of the onion, so it is not optional. Skipping or reducing the salt will give you undesirable results and could actually cause the onion to burn.
As well as acting as a lubricant in the skillet, the butter also acts as an emulsifier for the cheese, meat drippings, and oats. It cannot be substituted with margarine or other oil products. Attempting to skip or replace the butter will result in the oats separating and forming little pockets in the meatloaf. The meatloaf will be uneven and gritty, and will fall apart when served.
Instead of tomato sauce, you can also use barbecue sauce. (Thanks to my wife for this one.) Avoid using ketchup, as the sugar content tends to make it caramelize and burn.
For a healthier option, substitute the 3 pounds of meat with 3 pounds ground turkey and add 1/4 cup vegetable oil.