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Traditional Meat Loaf

Topped with a sweet sauce, this meat loaf tastes so good that you might want to double the recipe so everyone can have seconds. It also freezes well. —Gail Graham, Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 slices bread
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded carrot
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Tear bread into 2-inch pieces; place in a blender. Cover and pulse to form coarse crumbs; transfer to a large bowl. Stir in egg, milk, cheese, onion, carrot, salt and pepper. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Transfer to a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan.
  • In a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients; spread over loaf. Bake 60-75 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
    Freeze option: Bake meat loaf without glaze. Securely wrap cooled meat loaf in foil, then freeze. To use, partially thaw meat loaf in refrigerator overnight. Prepare and spread glaze over top; reheat on a greased shallow baking pan in a preheated 350° oven until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 394 calories, 21g fat (10g saturated fat), 128mg cholesterol, 843mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.


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  • Adele
    Oct 11, 2020

    This looks like a great recipe! I agree with Barbara; I would leave out the carrots. Also, I would increase the fibre by using whole wheat bread instead of white bread. Definitely a recipe I will try.

  • Barbara
    Sep 10, 2020

    I chose to leave out the carrots. This recipe is a hit at my house!

  • Queenlalisa
    Jul 12, 2020

    I try a lot of meatloaf recipes. My husband loves meatloaf. This recipe is husband approved!

  • PageRD
    May 18, 2020

    This recipe was pronounced phenomenal at my house, with the added "tastes just like grandma's," which is high praise indeed! It has a nice, light texture and it is very moist. The flavors were delicious. I was afraid it would be a bit bland but it was perfect. This is a keeper!

    May 8, 2020

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  • shannondobos
    Apr 8, 2020

    I was super impressed with this recipe. It was the perfect texture, and every person in the family enjoyed it. Anytime I can sneak some extra veggies in for the kids I'm happy!

  • Ricardo
    Feb 23, 2020

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  • Gail
    Feb 19, 2020

    I always double or even triple this delicious recipe because all the guys in my house LOVE it the next 2-3 days as a cold meatloaf sandwich!

  • Barbara
    Feb 18, 2020

    This was Awesome! Best ever ??

  • maximum1
    Feb 18, 2020

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