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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sgronholz User ID: 1473861 267460
Reviewed May. 29, 2017

"This recipe was delicious! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the combination of cheese, applesauce, and nutmeg in this slightly unusual meatloaf, and I can't wait to make it again!"

gusrtaylor User ID: 3554713 41488
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"My Husband and Kids love this meatloaf !!"

etackes User ID: 3294205 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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