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Sage Meat Loaf Recipe

Sage Meat Loaf Recipe

"As a child, I loved coming home from school to the aroma of Mom's meat loaf baking in he oven. I've never tasted another meat loaf quite as good as this recipe." —Emily Dennis Hancock, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup crushed saltines
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Pat meat mixture into an ungreased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50 minutes.
  • 2. Combine the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and nutmeg; spread over top. Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 336 calories, 17 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 113 mg cholesterol, 757 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 26 g protein.

Reviews for Sage Meat Loaf

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Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"Only one of four diners didn't like it. He didn't like the sage in meatloaf. It was a good texture and seasoning, and the sauce was good."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2015

"While this is a pretty good meat loaf, I'm giving my 5 stars to the sauce. There are only two of us, but I usually triple or quadruple the sauce recipe to use as a spread on meat loaf sandwiches."

Reviewed Apr. 22, 2015

"It came out of the pan very easily. It tasted very good even though ran out of sage so i used basil instead....."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"I found this recipe, just ok. A better recipe is "Slow cooked Meat Loaf" from QuickCooking,Mar of 98. I exchanged the 2 slices of bread in that recipe for soda crackers, 1 cup. Also you cook carrots and potatoes along with it for one pot dinner!"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"It was okay but not awesome"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"This made a nice flavorful moist meatloaf. I did find it stuck to the pan though so next time I will grease the pan. We did not add the topping because we don't like the sweet ketchup type toppings...we just left our plain, although next time I just might have to try the gravy suggestion another reviewer mentioned. Thanks TOH, for another great homestyle recipe!"

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"Consider this my best recipe!"

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

"awesome recipe! we loved it! only thing I added was garlic!"

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2010

"Whenever I make meatloaf I use celery salt in place of the regular salt. This gave this recipe the seasoning I felt it needed. Will certainly make it again!"

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2010

"See below."

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2010

"VERY GOOD meat loaf. Everyone loved it!!"

Reviewed May. 8, 2010

"This is my go to recipe for meatloaf every time! My husband doesn't like a ketchup based sauce, so I substitute canned gravy & it's delicious."

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2009

"VERY GOOD Recipe....Everyone begs for this recipe. I dont add the sage and I add a tiny little bit of tobascco sauce. It doesn't make it spicy, the heat cooks the spicy out but gives it a little extra flavor. I add maybe 10 drops. the sauce is a little sweet but we all enjoyed it anyways."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2009

"VERY GOOD!!! I've made it so many times. I don't add the sage anymore. My kids and husband like it better without the sage. Topping is great!"

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2008

"My husband and I really liked this meat loaf, except we found the topping too sweet! I had already cut the brown sugar in half, but it was still too sweet. For the meat I used half ground bison and half beef and also added one-third to half a cup of grated carrots. I will make it again with less sugar."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2008

"I made this for my mom's birthday meal. We all LOVED it. Even my picky 4-year-old ate two servings. I will absolutely make this again."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2008

"My boyfriend and I thought this was fantastic. The sauce over it sets off the spices in the meat loaf so well. Yum."

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2008

"My husband and I really enjoyed this meatloaf and will definitely make it again, although probably with ground turkey."

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2008

"This was okay, not horrible, but I won't make it again. It just didn't have a lot of flavor. I did like the sauce for on top of the meatloaf."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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