Golden Secret Meat Loaf Recipe

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The "secret" in this meat loaf is cheese—one of our state's claim to fame! This recipe was given to me by a very good college friend.—Marilyn Leum, Westby, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 226 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 89mg cholesterol, 271mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, applesauce, bread crumbs, onion, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Add ground beef; mix well. Fold in cheese. Pat into a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 1-1/2 hours or until no pink remains. Drain. Let stand a few minutes before slicing. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Golden Secret Meat Loaf in Country Ground Beef 1993, p29

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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gusrtaylor 41488
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"My Husband and Kids love this meatloaf !!"

etackes 74131
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2008

"This is one of the better meatloaf recipes I've tried. Moist and good. The nutmey was a new flavor for me, so I should have decreased it to 1/4 tsp. Good basic recipe minus the nutmeg. Thanks for a good one!"

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