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Cranberry Meat Loaf Recipe

Cranberry Meat Loaf Recipe

Everyone in my family loves this unusual recipe. It's especially fun to serve in the fall and around the holidays.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours YIELD:4-5 servings


  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup crushed saltines (about 22 crackers)
  • 1/2 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground ham
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, optional
  • Bay leaves and fresh cranberries, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef and ham over mixture and mix well. Pat into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/4 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160°.
  • 2. During the last 15 minutes of baking, baste meat loaf with barbecue sauce if desired. Garnish with bay leaves and cranberries if desired. Discard bay leaves before slicing. Yield: 4-5 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 515 calories, 26g fat (10g saturated fat), 206mg cholesterol, 948mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 39g protein.

Reviews for Cranberry Meat Loaf

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cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 53978
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"I usually hate meatloaf, but I ate every bite of this! Lots of flavour!"

heathernh1 User ID: 5645815 119648
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

"The ingredients sound weird. I probably don't usually have them, I just happen to have some leftover stuff from a holiday. I made as is and it was AH mazing. This is the best meatloaf I have ever tasted. I wish I kept ham and cranberries around all the time. So delicious. Sweet, tangy, smoky... MMMMM"

LSmith1 User ID: 5581549 65451
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"This recipe was amazing! I'm sure it rates 5 stars just as it is, but I didn't have ham or fresh cranberries, so I upped the ground beef to 2 lbs and put in the whole can of whole-berry cranberry sauce. Otherwise, everything was the same. Definitely slather sweet and spicy BBQ sauce on the top-the blend of these ingredients is perfect! Thank you for this amazing recipe!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.