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Golden Secret Meat Loaf Recipe

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 YIELD:8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 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 ground beef
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  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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