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Crisscross Meat Loaf

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


  • 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 ground beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 2 to 3 ounces sliced American cheese


  • 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.
Wine: Light-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.