Mom’s Meat Loaf
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first 7 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.
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Nutrition Facts1 slice: 366 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 135mg cholesterol, 1092mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 0 fiber), 26g protein.
Jun 27, 2020
Delicious! Next time though I'll follow the advice of a previous review and add the Worcestershire sauce to the meatloaf and skip the sauce. My family only likes a little sauce on top and this recipe made way more than we needed. Instead I'll just add a little ketchup to the top before cooking. I used 2.25 pounds of ground beef instead of 1.5 pounds because that's how it was packaged and I didn't have a need to save a small amount. It still turned out fantastic. Much better than using the meatloaf seasoning packet like I've always done before.
Jun 11, 2020
I have 4 very very picky kids the oldest is 13. They pretty much all 4 live on pizza every day. No kidding! Until,!!!! I made this and made all 4 of them at least try it. Guess what? I am now making it at least once a week and all 4 of them absolutely love it so I've been doubling everything and they eat every last bit of it at least by the next evening. All 4 kids and myself would like to thank you for this wonderful meatloaf. It's a huge hit in our home. God bless.
May 23, 2020
This is very similar to my mother’s with a couple of small exceptions. She added the Worcestershire sauce to the meatloaf and then just used ketchup to top it. I don’t think I would miss the brown sugar. Delicious and thank you for sharing your version!
May 4, 2020
Never made a decent meatloaf, which family didn’t care for anyway. Found this recipe in Taste of Home’s Copycat Favorites book. BINGO! Didn’t change a thing and has now become a favorite. I am feeling ‘victorian’ !
May 4, 2020
Very similar to my mom's meatloaf. Though we use Ritz crackers, a couple eggs and the topping is brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, worcestershire sauce. I do like the comment to wet d oi wn your "crumbs" prior to adding to the meat mix.
May 3, 2020
This is basically the recipe I’ve used for many years, minus the sage (which I only like in cornbread dressing). I like to soak the crackers in the milk until they are soft before adding to the meat. You can also add chopped bell pepper for extra flavor. The only meatloaf recipe I’ll ever use.
May 3, 2020
Instead of baking in the oven, I cooked it on my smoker. We all loved it.
May 3, 2020
I've been making this recipe for years and we love it! I substitute plain bread crumbs for the saltines, but it is great either way!!
May 2, 2020
My mom always made her meatloaf with 80/20 ground beef
May 1, 2020
Tried this recipe last year and we love it! Makes tasty sandwiches the next day too!