Crisscross Meat Loaf Recipe
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Crisscross Meat Loaf Recipe

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I found this recipe years ago, and keep coming back to it's the meat loaf my family requests most!—Betty Fugate, Plainfield, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 to 3 ounces sliced American cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine egg, ketchup, crushed crackers, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, thyme and pepper. Add ground beef; mix well. In a shallow baking dish, shape meat mixture into a 7-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until no pink remains. Cut cheese slices into strips; arrange cheese in a crisscross pattern over meat loaf. Let stand a few minutes before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Crisscross Meat Loaf in Country Ground Beef 1993, p32

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Apr. 27, 2013

"It was so easy. I didn't have the saltines and I only used 1lb of ground beef. I just adjusted the amount of salt and it was great. So easy."

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"Family loved it. Would make it again"

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

"I made this last night, it was great :)"

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"i don't use ketchup in my meatloaf. It appears to look uncooked. I just use eggs, salt, pepper, worchestershire sauce, garlic, crackers, & onions and a bit of sage. mix it well and shape into loaf pan sprayed with pam. bake @350 for 1 hr. and serve with mashed or baked taters....a vegie and presto... my husbands favorite dinner."

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