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Mom's Meat Loaf Recipe
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Mom's Meat Loaf Recipe

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Mom made this scrumptious main dish frequently when I was growing up. When I first met my husband, he wasn't fond of meat loaf. This is the first meal I prepared for him, and now he requests it often. —Michelle Beran, Claflin, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2/3 cup finely crushed saltines
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • Dash pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 366 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 135 mg cholesterol, 1,092 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 26 g protein.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into an 8x4-in. loaf in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  2. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients, stirring to dissolve sugar; remove 1/2 cup for sauce. Spread remaining mixture over meat loaf.
  3. Bake 60-65 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with reserved sauce. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Meat Loaf in Taste of Home June/July 1997, p35

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 366 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 135 mg cholesterol, 1,092 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 26 g protein.

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Feb. 4, 2016

"This is my favorite meat loaf recipe!"

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Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"Awesome! We really liked this meatloaf recipe. I rarely make meatloaf but this recipe might change that!"

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Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

"I love it but some times i use Italian bread crumbs instead of saltines"

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Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

"This is baking in my oven right now, on a rainy, cool Sunday afternoon. I have made this meatloaf many times before.and I think the sage gives this meatloaf the unique flavor. It smells so good baking. I do use reduced sodium crackers, Worcestershire and catsup as a rule in cooking. It is moist and flavorful, served with yams and roasted carrots of many colors. This meal is a winner in our home. Thanks for sharing, Michelle!"

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Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

"I made this with 93/7 ground beef and skim milk. My husband liked the sauce and also said it was moist and tender but held together nicely. He still prefers his mom's meatloaf recipe."

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