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Crisscross Meat Loaf

I found this recipe years ago, and keep coming back to it's the meat loaf my family requests most!—Betty Fugate, Plainfield, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 to 3 ounces sliced American cheese


  • In a large bowl, combine egg, ketchup, crushed crackers, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, thyme and pepper. Add ground beef; mix well. In a shallow baking dish, shape meat mixture into a 7x3x2-in. loaf. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until no pink remains. Cut cheese slices into strips; arrange cheese in a crisscross pattern over meat loaf. Let stand a few minutes before serving.

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  • daddyspunkin_n_mommaspuddin
    Apr 27, 2013

    It was so easy. I didn't have the saltines and I only used 1lb of ground beef. I just adjusted the amount of salt and it was great. So easy.

  • Debann507
    Jan 16, 2013

    Family loved it. Would make it again

  • jeannabvt
    Apr 1, 2011

    I made this last night, it was great :)

    Oct 5, 2009

    i don't use ketchup in my meatloaf. It appears to look uncooked. I just use eggs, salt, pepper, worchestershire sauce, garlic, crackers, & onions and a bit of sage. mix it well and shape into loaf pan sprayed with pam. bake @350 for 1 hr. and serve with mashed or baked taters....a vegie and presto... my husbands favorite dinner.