Meatloaf

  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hrs 40 mins
  • Serves: 4-6,Yield: 1.0Meatloaf
  • About This Recipe

    “My family enjoyed the slightly spicy taste of this meatloaf. This recipe, submitted by a local DJ, was in our local paper.”

    Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbsground beef
  • 1cupcracker crumb
  • 1 1/4 teaspoonssalt
  • 1/4 teaspoonpepper
  • 1largeegg, beaten
  • 1mediumonion, chopped
  • 1/2 cuptomato sauce
  • TOPPING

  • 3/4 cupketchup
  • 2tablespoonsfirmly packed brown sugar
  • 1cupwater
  • 2tablespoonsmustard
  • 2tablespoonsvinegar
  • Directions

  • Preheat oven 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, cracker crumbs, salt, pepper, egg, onion and tomato sauce.
  • Mix lightly.
  • Shape into a loaf and place in a baking dish.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, water, mustard and vinegar.
  • Brush the loaf with this mixture.
  • Place meat loaf in oven and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes, basting occasionally with sauce.
  • Reviews

  • “Excellent !!! Best meatloaf I have ever made !! My father-in-law (who is a meatloaf conissieur) absolutely loved it(much to my mother-in-laws dismay. I made two 1 1/2 pound loafs and found the sauce quantity was plenty for both loafs. Definitely will make this one again.”

  • “awesome!i love meatloaf, and this is a fabulous recipe.I put a little twist on it though.I spread the mixture onto a baking sheet, and layered swiss cheese and ham slices on it, then rolled it up like a jelly roll and then baked it.Awesome!”

  • “Delicious! Easy to put together, and an excellent flavor! After months of searching, I have finally found a meatloaf recipe both my husband and I agree on! Thank you for sharing it.”

  • “This is really great tasting meatloaf.It stays nice and moist also.I baked it in a loaf pan instead of molding it into a loaf shape and I don’t know if that contributed to my having to bake it almost an hour longer than the stated time.The sauce is great but it makes too much for the one loaf, will cut it in half in future.Thanks for posting!”

  • “This was a great meatloaf!I loved the sauce but ended up with too much leftover.Next time I will half the sauce or split it up and use half for basting and half for gravy.”

  • “Oh, how did it happen that I forgot to review this recipe !!I absolutely LOVE this meatloafand my daughter now makes it as her favorite too!The aroma in the house is so great…you will hardly be able to wait for it to finish baking. The only thing that I do differently is add some sliced celery which I like in meatloaf.I usually make two smaller loaves from the recipe because my husbanddoesn’t care for the crunch of onions, so I just form his and add the onions and celery to the second loaf.I am so glad I was planning to make this again and noticed I had not reviewed it.Thanks Rosemary for a great recipe. DonnaI might add, after reading some reviews, that I cook mine on a broiler pan. The extra grease drips away, and the meatloaf is not at all mushy or watery.”

  • “Now, here’s a winner!This meatloaf is very tasty and moist and makes plenty.Bet tomorrow it’ll make dandy sandwiches!Followed your directions right down the line, and it came out just fine.We enjoyed every bite!Thanks a bunch for sharing.Laudee C.”

  • “This was good, I liked the tang of the mustard on the topping.”

  • “One of the best meatloafs ever! I didn’t have the recipe in the kitchen, so I did it from memory. I always use rolled oats (they’re healthy, make the meat go further, and make it more filling), so substitued that for cracker crumbs. I was out of tomato sauce so I used tomato paste mixed with a little water. I forgot to put water in the topping, but am glad I forgot! I just spooned it on and coated the loaf evenly, and didn’t bother basting. Everyone was scraping the caramelized topping from the pan and slathering their meatloaf with it!!! We hardly have any left for sandwiches now!”

  • “Just had to let you know that I made this up as meatballs today without the onions, only used half of the water in the sauce and will be serving it for the Superbowl party. I know they will all love it. “

  • “This recipe was awesome!!!!My family loved it, and we are not big meatloaf eaters.Very tasty and easy to make.Thank you for posting it!!!!”

  • “i’ve never been a big fan of meatloaf, but this was fantastic! “

  • “This was absolutely delicious!!! My 4 year old son helped me make the loaf and had a blast doing it.The only thing I changed was that I used Apple Cider Vinegar instead of white vinegar because I love the taste of it.Will be making this again many, many times!!!”

  • “I have been making this for over 40 years.My mother before me.I always use beef, pork and veal. And, now, I use corn flake crumbs instead of crackers due to celiac.It is still the same taste and texture (no one even notices).You can use tomato soup instead of sauce for a lighter taste, too.”

  • “This is a great recipe!!I followed some of the reviews, I didn’t add water to the topping and used Italian Panko instead of bread crumbs or crackers.I also used a meatloaf mixture instead of plain hamburger and only had 1.25 pounds instead of 1.5.I made it into a loaf on a broiler pan like a previous review said.I baked it for an hour and ten minutes and it still wasn’t cooked all the way through, I think next time I make this (and there will be a next time!!!) I will turn the temp up a little.Also, even without the water in the topping, there was still too much of it.I think I will cut that in half.Smells so good in the oven, it’s hard to wait until it’s ready to eat!!Thanks for a great recipe that I will make over and over for sure :)”

  • “This was okay but not tasty enough for my liking. The sauce was good- but as other reviewers had mentioned, it was a bit watery and there was ‘too much’ to spread on the meatloaf. Also, I made this in a loaf pan so it took an extra 30 minutes to cook through.”

  • “Made this last night and I have never liked meatloaf but this was AMAZING. DH cleaned his plate… twice. The sauce was delicious though I only made 1/2 the quantity and still have pleanty leftover. I cooked mine in a loaf pan but the fat from the hamburger (used 15%) was all over the meat. Next time I’ll try shaping it into a loaf and putting it on a broiler pan. Will DEFINITELY be making this one again and again”

  • “The mustard and vinegar in the sauce, along with the sweetness of the brown sugar and ketchup, make the flavor unique and delicious. (I omitted the water in the sauce.)I used low-fat ground beef and the meat was juicy and flavorful. I’ve tried many meatloaf recipes over the years but my search is over – this is the keeper.”

  • “My DH and son give this 5 stars! I used Panko bread crumbs instead of cracker crumbs and substituted our favorite BBQ sauce (Sweet Baby Rays) for the tomato sauce and ketchup. I then mixed EVERYTHING (topping ingredients as well) together, shaped it into a loaf and baked it. A winner!!”

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