Home-Style Glazed Meat Loaf Recipe
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Home-Style Glazed Meat Loaf Recipe

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Grated carrots and cheese add a hint of color and good taste to this nourishing, homey loaf. And my family always looks forward to meatloaf sandwiches the next day! —Sandy Etelamaki, Ishpeming, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup crushed saltines (about 30 crackers)
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Nutritional Facts

4 ounce-weight: 266 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 494mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, cheese, saltines, carrots, onion, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50 minutes.
  2. For glaze, in a small saucepan, bring the brown sugar, ketchup and mustard to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes or until heated through. Spoon over meat loaf.
  3. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Drain; let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Glazed Meat Loaf in Taste of Home October/November 2005, p39

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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skipperstrucking User ID: 4577232 261711
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2017

"Great Meat Loaf. Made exactly by the recipe instructions. Loved the sauce on top."

jravielli User ID: 8331636 225266
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2015

"Excellent meatloaf. Moist, sweet and tangy."

Incrediblehutch User ID: 4114346 60345
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2014

"Finally - a meatloaf my husband and children will eat! It's so delicious and moist. I halved the recipe and it still makes plenty. Thanks so much!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 144812
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"This is a delicious meatloaf. I made 1/2 the recipe for a smaller loaf and it was perfect. I had no problems with it falling apart like others mentioned."

Treasure13 User ID: 7448883 60342
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"Fast and easy to make. Great finished result, and the glaze on top adds the perfect finishing touch."

WCIN User ID: 3418222 63316
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"My teenage kids ask for it by name.... Need I say more?"

Lizardo7 User ID: 1792624 126233
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2013

"I've been trying to find a meatloaf recipe for thirty years the hubby will like..."too stiff...too spicy...falls apart too much..too bland...." This one was a winner! I halved the recipe, but did the full sauce amount. Also, I substituted the saltines for Ritz crackers, as that is all I had on hand. I grated the carrots, but not fine, and I think it gave more texture. As someone else said, it goes great with green beans. I didn't experience falling apart. I will definitely be making this one again!"

kctherr User ID: 5474413 129476
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"The best meatloaf ever!! My whole family loves it!!"

1DomesticGoddess User ID: 2778356 63009
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2012

"This is an excellant tasting meatloaf. This is my daughter's favorite recipe to use when she makes meatloaf. My daughter always doubles the glaze ingredients, where as I just prepare a batch and a half of the glaze. I only add 28 saltine crackers, and prefer to just add a 1/2 cup of shredded carrots to the meatloaf mix. This recipe definitely deserves more than 5 stars, as that's how good it is!!"

KD89 User ID: 6213354 206837
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"Very good recipe my sister found. A nice change from the traditional meatloaf I grew up on."

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