Mom's Meat Loaf Recipe

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

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4.5 159 185
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Mom made the best meat loaf, and now I do, too. When I first met my husband, he wasn't a meat loaf guy, but this recipe won him over. —Michelle Beran, Claflin, Kansas
Featured In: Mom's Best Recipes
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing

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

Directions

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.
In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients, stirring to dissolve sugar; remove 1/2 cup for sauce. Spread remaining mixture over meat loaf.
Bake 60-65 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with reserved sauce. Yield: 6 servings.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Chicken, beef or vegetable broth can be used instead of milk.
  • Tips for a tender loaf: Use a gentle touch when mixing and shaping. Also, be sure to moisten the cracker crumbs or bread crumbs before adding them to the meat.
  • Swap ground turkey for the beef. It pairs perfectly with the earthy rubbed sage.
  • Short on time? Skip the sauce-making and use your favorite prepared barbecue sauce instead.
  • Originally published as Mom's Meat Loaf in Taste of Home June/July 1997, p35

    Nutritional Facts

    1 slice: 366 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 135mg cholesterol, 1092mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 0 fiber), 26g protein.

    • 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
    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.

    Test Kitchen Tips
  • Chicken, beef or vegetable broth can be used instead of milk.
  • Tips for a tender loaf: Use a gentle touch when mixing and shaping. Also, be sure to moisten the cracker crumbs or bread crumbs before adding them to the meat.
  • Swap ground turkey for the beef. It pairs perfectly with the earthy rubbed sage.
  • Short on time? Skip the sauce-making and use your favorite prepared barbecue sauce instead.
  • Originally published as Mom's Meat Loaf in Taste of Home June/July 1997, p35

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    David User ID: 9306672 277233
    Reviewed Nov. 4, 2017

    "Too sweet. Maybe cut the brown sugar in half? Also think it needs more crackers as the texture was "sloppy" (basically fell apart as soon as I lifted it out).

    I absolutely hated it but my wife liked it. I'd give it a ZERO, she gave it a 4...so my rating is half way between. To each their own. Sorry for her but since I'm the cook, I won't be making this again. If you like a sweeter tasting meatloaf, this is the one for you."

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    krox722 User ID: 1809177 276950
    Reviewed Oct. 29, 2017

    "Great meatloaf recipe, the sage gives a special touch. I love the sauce on the side to use as much as desired."

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    Jellybug User ID: 53068 276275
    Reviewed Oct. 14, 2017

    "This is hands down the best meatloaf I have ever eaten..My 13 year old grandson loved it, what better compliment than that!! There was enough for dinner and leftover for hot meatloaf sandwiches..the sweet and sour sauce is amazing!!"

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    Nurses4Ever User ID: 6429939 272964
    Reviewed Sep. 12, 2017

    "I loved this meatloaf! I would have given this a 5 star however, My family did not like the barbecue sauce."

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    KJMelat1 User ID: 6939306 272669
    Reviewed Sep. 5, 2017

    "Love this recipe! I cook it in the crock pot! I have substituted venison for the ground beef."

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    Rebecca User ID: 9242870 272597
    Reviewed Sep. 3, 2017

    "Very good and simple recipe. It's a go to at our house! Husband loves making meatloaf sandwiches the next day. Been making this for years and everyone always raves about it! We love the sauce!"

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    2124arizona User ID: 845443 268475
    Reviewed Jun. 25, 2017

    "This meat loaf is moist and flavorful. Another keeper!!"

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    Mike User ID: 9205166 268408
    Reviewed Jun. 25, 2017

    "I have made this hundreds of times. Everyone raves about it. I have modified it sometimes. Sometimes I add celery. I often use 1# hamburg and 1/2# lean ground pork. I put chopped green peppers in occasionally and used it to stuff green peppers. I think is the sauce that people really like."

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    mzraidr User ID: 9199661 268141
    Reviewed Jun. 19, 2017

    "****20 YEARS OF PROOF****Being a working mom I was looking for a meatloaf my whole family would LOVE...I made 6 different meatloafs one day and had the family try all. Hands down this was there favorite. My kids come home and still want this over almost anything else I make. One of there favorite foods and warm family memories go with this meal. I now make this for my grandkids, and for the stubborn eaters I now put chopped or mashed veggies in. I Cover with part of sauce not real heavy, then put the rest in a bowl warm for those who like more. Try with your family and you will have a new easy family favorite!!!!!"

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    Eta User ID: 9143724 264695
    Reviewed Apr. 15, 2017

    "This is a great recipe-I no longer use any other. I substitute panko for saltines and since my family doesn't love sage in beef I substitute granulated garlic."

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