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Original Ann Landers Meat Loaf

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Rating: 5/5
8 reviews

ready in: 1-2 hrs
serves/makes:   6

recipe id: 25133
Original Ann Landers Meat Loaf Recipe
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2 pounds ground beef
1 egg
1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
3/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon Accent® seasoning mix
1/2 cup warm water
1 package dry onion soup mix
2 slices bacon
1 can (8 ounce size) tomato sauce


Mix together all ingredients except bacon and tomato sauce. Mix very well. Form into a loaf and put into a bread loaf pan. Cover with bacon and pour tomato sauce over loaf.

Bake on the middle level of a preheated 350 degrees F oven for one hour.

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662 calories, 44 grams fat, 34 grams carbohydrates, 32 grams protein per serving.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
You can't go wrong with this recipe. Although I don't use Accent, I use my own seasonings based on my mood. You don't need salt though with the soup mix and bacon.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This is the only meatloaf I make anymore. It turns out great every time!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I skip the Accent in this recipe because the onion soup mix offers enough flavor and salt. Everyone always loves it.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
My grandma gave me her newspaper clipping of this recipe with the bacon listed, exactly as shown above many years ago, been married 18 years and my husband and kids absolutely still love it!!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I have made this for 30 years. Original recipe from paper in the 70s DID not have [edited - that word was unnecessary] bacon or tomato sauce to put on top. Much better to spread ketchup over top and add about 1/2 cup chopped onions to mixture. ( my addition) I won hands down in a meat loaf contest 2 years ago doing this recipe with the added ketchup and onions. Replace tomato sauce with ketchup for a beautiful and tasty topping!!!!!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This is the only meat loaf recipe that I have used for the last 30+yrs. Ann Landers included the recipe in her column. I also stuff bell peppers with the mixture

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
My wife has also been making this recipe for many years and always leaves off the bacon--not necessary. Recently she started substituting ground lamb for the ground beef, and it jumped the rating to six stars.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
My Mom got this years ago when she saw it in the Newspaper. She made it for our family when I was growing up and I now make it for mine and is always a hit.
The only change I have ever made to recipe is not always putting bacon on top.
I Hope your family Enjoys!

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