Crushed Saltine Meatloaf

"Modified version of the recipe that my Aunt Andy used to make when I was a child."
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  • Mix all of the above ingredients together until the mixture is homogeneous.
  • Shape the mixture into a loaf and place in a 9x13 inch pan.
  • Frost the top of the meatloaf with the Heinz Ketchup.
  • Bake 350 degrees for around 45 minutes or until done.

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  1. Penny R
    I used BBQ sauce instead of the tomato sauce and also added a small can of corn. This recipe was great. My family loved it, even my thirteen month old boy! This was good. I served it with roasted red potatoes.
  2. cblpvanessag
    This is now my go-to meatloaf recipe. The only change I make is leaving out the green peppers.
  3. JeriBinNC
    My family all agreed that this was their all-time favorite meatloaf. It reminds me very much of my grandmother's meatloaf--and that's a very good thing! I used 2 lbs of ground beef, 3/4 sleeve of saltines, 1 medium onion, 1/2 a bell pepper, and 2 eggs. I kept the tomato sauce and worcestershire sauce in the original amounts. It sliced very well without falling apart, and it had a great texture and flavor. I can't wait to have the leftovers in a sandwich today!
  4. Brave Noodle njg
    i was so glad to find this recipe, because it is similar to my mother's which i did not have. i did, however, use ketchup instead of tomato sauce. how much you say? well, my mom always mixes all of the ingredients together, then slowly adds the ketchup until all of the ingredients stick together and can be formed into a loaf. so that's what i did. why folks choose breadcrumbs over saltines for meatloaf - i'll never understand!! this recipe is simple and tastes great (don't underestimate the power of worcestershire sauce)!
  5. megghd
    I was wondering why one review said it was you think the meat to fat ratio has anything to do with that???? Maybe if it was too lean...I want to try this recipe.


  1. Nado2003
    It is unanimous, we all love this meatloaf. The vegys really added to the flavors. Very easy recipe. I used whole grain bread crumbs instead of crackers. I will be making this again.
  2. Hannah
    Great meatloaf recipe!! I made it for a "get together" dinner. Everyone loved it; it was a big hit! Instead of saltines, I used bread crumbs, and I added fine-chopped celery and carrots. I also substituted barbecue sauce for Worcestershire sauce. Definitely a 5 stars!!!
  3. Okra4540
    Since I made some changes, I've really debated on whether or not I should write a review for this. First, reduced this to 2 servings since I was cooking just for myself. Next I forgot the green pepper. Then, since I only needed a couple of Tbls. tomato sauce I used some salsa instead. I baked the meatloaf in 4 muffin cups. This meatloaf was excellent!!!! I have tried a number of the highly rated meatloaves on this site and have been disappointed numerous times. This one did not disappoint. In fact, I think I can stop searching for a good meatloaf recipe now because this is THE ONE, as far as I'm concerned. Thank you, Caryn!!!
  4. kbhmom
    Wow this was great! Even my picky eaters went back for seconds. I did substitute season salt for the salt and omitted onions and green peppers. This was moist and didn't last long in my house. We didn't get to have any leftovers :( It was gone before it cold get cold.
  5. Miss Annie in Indy
    Great meatloat, I used ketchup instead of tomatoe sauce though (I just like the flavor better) and omited the green pepper. This is a very easy recipe to make, even for a novice. I love this meatloaf hot or cold. Usually serve with scalloped potatoes and peas. Left-overs make great sandwiches. Thanks for posting Caryn.


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