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Moist & Savory Meat Loaf Recipe

Moist & Savory Meat Loaf Recipe

Stop searching for a go-to meat loaf recipe. This is it! Your family will be delighted with this mixture of beef, pork and sauteed onion, with a sweet- and-tangy sauce baked onto the top. Cheese crackers are the secret ingredient in this one. —Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + standing YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2/3 cup finely crushed cheese crackers
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar


  • 1. Saute onion in oil in a small skillet until tender. Cool to room temperature.
  • 2. Combine the eggs, milk, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, crackers, salt, pepper, thyme and onion in a large bowl. Crumble beef and pork over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf; place in a greased 11x7-in. baking dish.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour. Combine ketchup and brown sugar; spread half of sauce over meat loaf. Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with remaining sauce.
    Freeze option: Bake meat loaf without sauce. Securely wrap and freeze cooled meat loaf in plastic wrap and foil. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Unwrap meat loaf and place in a greased shallow baking pan. Prepare sauce as directed; spread half of sauce over meat loaf. Reheat meat loaf in a preheated 350° oven until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°. Serve with remaining sauce. Yield: 8 servings.

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drywallgal User ID: 1203648 188011
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"I love meatloaf and am always looking for new recipes. I found this recipe to be thoroughly uninspiring, lacking flavor."

Sjn78 User ID: 7431165 198608
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2013

"I used 1 lb. of ground beef and 1 lb. ground pork instead. This recipe was delicious ! My husband loved it."

jmm51762 User ID: 6968366 188008
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"Best meat loaf EVER! My family hates meat loaf but they ask for this one."

LadyCloudDancer User ID: 5668096 184124
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"It's difficult to find something to appease my elderly parents, whom I cook for on a regular basis. My father usually just picks at his food and my mother is a ridiculously picky eater (and usually insists on something bland). I don't think I've ever seen my father devour something so quickly or ask for seconds (and considered thirds!). Very basic, very easy to make, but very tasty and reheats well!"

wwicks User ID: 1184792 125595
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012

"I used all beef since I didn't have ground pork on hand. The best meatloaf I've ever made!"

bmmeile User ID: 1311533 140246
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"this is the best meatloaf I have ever made!!"

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