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Swiss Cheese Meat Loaf

I saw this recipe on a TV show on Amish cooking in the 1980s, and I've adapted it to suit our tastes. The Swiss cheese and bacon make it very satisfying on cold fall and winter evenings.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 bacon strip, cut into thirds
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 pound: 420 calories, 26g fat (10g saturated fat), 199mg cholesterol, 627mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 32g protein.

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