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


  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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daddyspunkin_n_mommaspuddin User ID: 1404437 41268
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."

Debann507 User ID: 7062299 20048
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"Family loved it. Would make it again"

jeannabvt User ID: 5828152 16966
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

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

FREDAGABLE User ID: 4105664 43978
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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