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Homestyle Meatloaf Recipe

Introduction: Welcome to a timeless classic in the realm of comfort foods – the humble meatloaf. This dish embodies warmth, nostalgia, and the heartiness of home-cooked meals. Its simple yet satisfying combination of ingredients brings families together around the dinner table. In this recipe, we’ll guide you through crafting a delicious meatloaf that’s sure to become a staple in your culinary repertoire.


  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 32 Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Then, add the milk and crushed Ritz crackers, stirring until well combined.
  3. Mix in the chopped onion, shredded cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper.
  4. Add the ground beef to the mixture, and thoroughly combine all ingredients, ensuring an even distribution of flavors.
  5. Shape the mixture into a loaf and place it in a baking dish.
  6. Bake the meatloaf in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.

Topping: 7. While the meatloaf is baking, prepare the topping by combining the ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard in a small bowl.

  1. After the meatloaf has baked for 30 minutes, spoon half of the topping mixture over the loaf.
  2. Return the meatloaf to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Spoon the remaining topping over the meatloaf and bake for another 5-10 minutes, until the topping is caramelized and the meatloaf is cooked through.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

  1. Can I use a different type of crackers? Yes, you can substitute Ritz crackers with any other buttery cracker of your choice.
  2. Can I make this recipe ahead of time? Absolutely! Prepare the meatloaf up to the baking stage, cover, and refrigerate. When ready to cook, simply bake as directed.
  3. Can I freeze meatloaf? Yes, you can freeze cooked meatloaf for up to three months. Thaw it in the refrigerator before reheating.
  4. What can I serve with meatloaf? Mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, or a fresh salad are all excellent accompaniments to meatloaf.


  1. Mix ingredients gently: Overmixing can lead to a dense meatloaf. Mix until just combined for a tender texture.
  2. Let it rest: Allow the meatloaf to rest for a few minutes before slicing. This helps retain juices and makes for easier slicing.
  3. Customize seasoning: Feel free to add herbs or spices like garlic powder or Worcestershire sauce to suit your taste preferences.
  4. Check for doneness: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the meatloaf reaches 160°F (71°C) for safe consumption.

With these simple steps, you’ll be able to create a mouthwatering meatloaf that’s perfect for any occasion. Enjoy the comfort and satisfaction of this homestyle favorite!

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