Thursday, June 21, 2012

Grandma’s Meatloaf

Growing up, the only true meatloaf I enjoyed was made by my grandmother.  My mom made a delicious BBQ turkey meatloaf – filled with cheese & veggies, but my grandmother’s was all meat, and therefore qualified as a true meatloaf. 

And, it’s quite good – and this is coming from someone who doesn’t eat a whole lot of red meat.  Smiles all around when this one is served. 

My grandmother even marked on the original recipe to remind herself of it’s goodness:

Do you do this too? 

Grandma’s Meatloaf – Grandma


  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 C milk
  • 2/3 C crushed saltine crackers
  • 1/2 C chopped onion
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. sage
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 C ketchup
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce


Beat the eggs together in a large bowl.  Then, add the 3/4 C milk, 2/3 C crushed up saltine crackers, 1/2 C chopped onion, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. rubbed sage and pepper. 

Add the 1 1/2 lb. ground beef and mix well.  Ideally, the mixing works best with your hands, but if you can’t stand the feeling of raw meat between your fingers you can use a spatula here. 

Shape the meat mixture into an 8.5 x 4.5 inch loaf and place into an ungreased bread pan of a similar size, or a meatloaf pan. 

In a second bowl, combine 1 C ketchup, 1/2 C brown sugar and 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce together.  Mix well until blended. 

Pour 3/4 C of the sauce over the top of the meatloaf and then bake at 350 for 60-65 minutes.  Check at this point to determine that the center is done (beef should be cooked to 170 degrees) and is no longer pink. Then, remove from the oven & drain any excess grease from the pan. 

Allow the meatloaf to sit for 10 minutes before slicing to serve. 

Enjoy served with the remaining sauce. 


  1. YUMMMY! Even though I have favorites "I LOVE" trying new things... I wonder if it's the SAGE that's the secret here??? ANY RECIPE that is from "GRANDMA" is always a winner. Your Grandparents are "SO CUTE"! Big Hugs to them.
    Try putting your meat loaf in a bundt pan. It comes out GORGEOUS and you can serve veggies in the whole in the middle. If I make a turkey or chicken meatloaf I put a stuffing between the top and bottom layer in the Bundt Pan...
    I'm anxious to try your recipe. LOOKS SO GOOD!!!
    Thank you to You "AND Grandma" for my new recipe... I have SO MANY great ones from you!
    Have a fun week,

    1. What a great idea about using a bundt pan!! I will definitely do this!

  2. My mom does the same with her recipes..Only problem is she has very good or the best on a lot. Some are dated and some aren't. I asked her about it and she laughed saying she would play around with her originals and that's how the very good and the best would be determined. Your looks so good. Mom never added sage to hers. I must try yours. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Do I detect a gelatin salad in the green tupperware bowl? I vote we resurrect gelatin salads for Sunday Dinners!

    1. yes, yes you do! It's just jello, but we can always expect that at Grandma's house!

  4. Look at the cabinets in the background. Tons of storage. My grandmother's house had a wall of upper and lower cabinets like that. It's hard to find a kitchen put together like that nowadays.

  5. aw what precious photos! i love grandma's recipes:)

  6. Oh man, this looks AMAZING!!! I need to make this!

  7. What lovely pictures of your grandparents! You are so blessed to still have them with you! Such treasured memories.

  8. Your timing is perfect - I found ground beef on markdown today and was thinking about making meatloaf tonight! I, too, rate my recipes by giving them a "yum" rating. We're a family of 5, so when I try something new, I have everyone tell me if they would want me to make it again. "5 yums" means everyone liked it, "no yums" means non one did. Kind of our own method of assigning recipe stars!
    And just to let you know, there are very few of your recipes that have ever gotten below a 5 yum rating :)

  9. Your grandparents are so cute! And this meatloaf so yummy! I never saw one with saltines! Bet they add great flavor.

  10. yum yum yum yum yum!

    Amanda Rose


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