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Grandmother's Meat Loaf Recipe

My grandmother gave me this recipe many years ago. The buttery flavor of the crushed crackers is what gives this meat loaf the special taste that our family says is best!—Etta Winter, Pavilion, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup finely crushed butter-flavored crackers
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoonground sage or poultry seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • Green pepper rings, optional
  • Onion rings, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, crushed crackers, onion, salt, sage or poultry seasoning and pepper. Add ground beef; mix well. press mixture into an 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 1-1/4 hours or until no pink remains. Garnish with green pepper and onion rings if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 210 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 425mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 19g protein.

Reviews for Grandmother's Meat Loaf

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wagondorfer User ID: 1632905 202091
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"Very good."

gkdurham User ID: 6024579 44276
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2011

"My kids (who are not fans of Meat Loaf) ate every bit of it. This was one of the best, basic Meat Loaf Recipes I have made. The flavor of the crackers is wonderful!"

Stellie User ID: 2578281 74117
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"This recipe has got to be the best I've ever tried. It is an easy, basic meatloaf that is also very moist & tasty. This is definately a keeper."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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