Meatloaf is one of those comfort meals that everyone loves. Most recipes have been passed down from generation to generation and are a tradition in every family. This meatloaf recipe is so moist and flavorful – a family favorite. It is an easy and delicious meatloaf that has been handed down through three generations!
Although this recipe can be made using any type of ground beef, ground chuck has a certain amount of fat that keeps the meatloaf moist. Some of the fat will render during the baking process and will end up in the juices.
Any crackers will work for the cracker crumbs. The recipe was made using Zesta saltines (made by Keebler). Some interesting history is that the name Keebler comes from Godfrey Keebler who started a bakery in Philadelphia in 1853. His bakery and other bakeries became the United Biscuit Company of America in 1927 and, eventually, Keebler. (Interestingly, Keebler became the first commercial baker of Girl Scout Cookies in 1936 – before that the girls and their moms baked the cookies.) The first official “saltine” crackers, however, were made by F.L. Sommer in 1876 when he introduced baking soda into what was called “hard tack” and sprinkled salt on the top – his bakery eventually joined the American Biscuit Company which later became Nabisco in 1898.
Grandma’s Meatloaf Recipe
Ingredients for Grandma’s Meatloaf:
- 1 ½ pounds ground chuck
- 1 ½ cups cracker crumbs
- 1 egg
- ½ medium onion, finely chopped
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tsp. thyme
- 1 tsp. sage
- Salt/pepper (careful on the salt, as the crackers have salt in them, too)
Directions for making Grandma’s Meatloaf:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a square baking dish.
Mix all the ingredients together with your hands. Form in a slight mound in the middle of the prepared baking dish. Pour about 3 tablespoons water over the loaf. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour.
(From Grandma Carrick who lived until she was 105 and learned this recipe from her mother)
Other delicious recipes:
Easy meatloaf recipe – sweetened with carrots
Grilled meatloaf recipe – meatloaf and grilling go wonderfully together
Grandma’s scalloped corn recipe – this is perfect with Grandma’s meatloaf
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