Sage Meat Loaf Recipe
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Sage Meat Loaf Recipe

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"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.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 336 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 757mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein.


  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.
Originally published as Sage Meat Loaf in Taste of Home August/September 2008, p45

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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JRST User ID: 1639277 268231
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2017

"Very tasty ..."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 245044
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."

browns19fan User ID: 919833 237158
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."

THeadvocate317 User ID: 7540255 225258
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....."

Sprowl User ID: 29186 150872
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!"

Let Them Eat Cheesecake User ID: 6964697 104236
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"It was okay but not awesome"

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 65172
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!"

dkolesar User ID: 3644466 159507
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"Consider this my best recipe!"

gizmotiger User ID: 1585969 83756
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

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

maxowner User ID: 2648165 150871
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!"

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