Mom's Meatloaf

Margaret Frye


This makes an honest to goodness juicy meatloaf. Just add an egg or two and a snack-size cup of unsweetened apple sauce and you can't go wrong.

★★★★★ 2 votes
4 - 6
40 Min
1 Hr


2-3 lb
ground beef
2 pkg
saltine crackers
1/2 can(s)
canned milk
1 Tbsp
dry mustard
1/2 c
chopped onion
green onion finely chopped
1-2 Tbsp
garlic powder
snack-sized cup apple sauce
ketchup for topping


mexican blend, colby-jack, cheddar, pepper-jack, shredded cheese
1-2 can(s)
tomato soup

How to Make Mom's Meatloaf


  • 1Break up meat in large mixing bowl
  • 2Empty crackers into plastic bag, add chopped onion, seal bag, take a tenderizing mallet and pulverize together. Pour into bowl with meat.
  • 3Chop onion the way you like, whether you prefer small pieces to bigger chunks. As for the green onion, I had the ends of a bunch left in the fridge, so I removed the roots, washed them off and chopped bulbs and scallion stalk as fine as I could to add to the mixture. Add onions.
  • 4Add remaining ingredients, milk according to how moist/dry the mixture is. Mix well either by hand or if you're the proud owner of a Kitchen Aid mixer, let it do the work.
  • 5Spray glass or metal baking pan with cooking spray, form into loaf depending on the pan, place in pan. In our house not everyone likes ketchup as a topping so we cover half the loaf with ketchup and half is left unscathed. Cover with lid or foil, shiny side down.
  • 6Bake for about an hour @ 375, 350 if a glass baking dish is used. With this I don't preheat the oven. I place the meatloaf in the oven and turn the oven on - everything acclimates together.
  • 7AS FOR THE OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS: whether you make this stovetop or oven, shredded cheese can be added to taste. Mom used to make meatloaf stovetop in a tomato soup sauce. When she did that she'd brown the loaf both sides and place it in the pot with the soup - ketchup wasn't used as topping . the meatloaf seasoned the soup nicely, but it did take a couple of hours to cook over low heat.

    I imagine you could finagle baking it that way in an oven, and of course a crock pot would work, but in either case the loaf should be browned first.

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About Mom's Meatloaf

Course/Dish: Beef, Meatloafs
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy