The best meat loaf I have ever found. Try it and you will see.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Whisk eggs, milk, salt, and ground black pepper in a large bowl. Add crumbled bread and stir until dissolved. Mix ground beef, onion, Cheddar cheese, and carrot into bread mixture; transfer mixture to a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Combine brown sugar, ketchup, and mustard in a small bowl; spread over meat mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

410 calories; protein 28.4g 57% DV; carbohydrates 22.3g 7% DV; fat 22.7g 35% DV; cholesterol 155mg 52% DV; sodium 1227.3mg 49% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2012
This was absolutely the best meatloaf I have ever made, or had for that matter, in my life. I highly recommend it. The savory sweet glaze is fantastic! My whole crew normally puts ketchup on everything. Not one of them reached for it!! Amazing! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/21/2014
this meatloaf was ok. have never tried cheese in meatloaf before. thought it might be a good idea. not a good idea. Read More
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1070 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 157
  • 3 star values: 34
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2012
This was absolutely the best meatloaf I have ever made, or had for that matter, in my life. I highly recommend it. The savory sweet glaze is fantastic! My whole crew normally puts ketchup on everything. Not one of them reached for it!! Amazing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2012
I've always found meat loaf bland and a hard sell at my dinner table, until I found this recipe. It's been my stand-by for a couple of years now. Thanks Matt! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2012
I used a pound of meat instead of the 1 1/2 pounds called kept everything the same other than the bread it still turned out great! Glaze on top was perfect texture! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2012
I just had to log back into AR to review this meatloaf after we finished dinner..... I made it exactly as written except used bread crumbs and this meatloaf was FABULOUS. super simple and SO tasty! Meatloaf stayed together and the glaze was perfect. Will be making this again for sure! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2012
Made no changes. Never do if I'm going to rate a recipe. Family and friends raved about the end product. Skeptical at first with no tomato sauce included in recipe. Perfect texture and taste. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2012
My husband said it's better than his mother's. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2013
a couple of recommendations 1. saute the onions and carrots first and let cool 2. spread the cheese on a pan and put in the freezer before mixing it in--it clumps less 3. add cider vinegar to the ketchup brown sugar and mustard and simmer to reduce. 4. don't sm.oth the top of the meatloaf--make peaks so it gets crunchy bits. 5. don't put into a loaf pan--put on double aluminum foil on a cooling rack and mound so the fat runs off and you get more crunchy outside Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2012
I've tried different meatloaf recipes on my 12 year old son over the years with no success...until this one! He loved it and very nearly ate the whole thing in one sitting. I didn't have any carrots or onions in the house and it was still fantastic. Recommend using 3 slices of bread as the recipe calls for, not dried bread crumbs and plan your meal sides timing for 1-1/2 hour cooking time (center not up to temp at 1 hour or even 1-1/4 hours). Thank you for posting a wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2012
My husband was very skeptical when I said I was making a meatloaf this Christmas, as he had always found them dry and tasteless. This was a huge crowd-pleaser and my husband loved it so much I am making it again two days later. If you like traditional, dry meatloaf that mostly tastes like bread, you will probably not enjoy this recipe, but for normal human beings that like a juicy, flavorful, meaty dish, you cannot go wrong with this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/21/2014
this meatloaf was ok. have never tried cheese in meatloaf before. thought it might be a good idea. not a good idea. Read More
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