1/3 cup crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 8 crackers)
5 tablespoons shredded Swiss cheese, divided
4-1/2 teaspoons chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 pound lean ground beef
In a skillet, cook bacon over medium heat for 2 minutes on each side or until cooked but not crisp. Drain on a paper towel; set aside.
In a bowl, combine the egg, crackers, 4 tablespoons cheese, onion, garlic, salt, sage and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf and place in a greased 5-3/4x3x2-in. loaf pan. Place bacon pieces over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake 2-4 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 160° and cheese is melted.