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Swiss Cheese Meat Loaf

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.

Makes

2 servings

I saw this recipe on a TV show on Amish cooking in the 1980s, and I've adapted it to suit our tastes. The Swiss cheese and bacon make it very satisfying on cold fall and winter evenings.

Ingredients

  • 1 bacon strip, cut into thirds
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 8 crackers)
  • 5 tablespoons shredded Swiss cheese, divided
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef

Directions

  1. In a skillet, cook bacon over medium heat for 2 minutes on each side or until cooked but not crisp. Drain on a paper towel; set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the egg, crackers, 4 tablespoons cheese, onion, garlic, salt, sage and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf and place in a greased 5-3/4x3x2-in. loaf pan. Place bacon pieces over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake 2-4 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 160° and cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 pound: 420 calories, 26g fat (10g saturated fat), 199mg cholesterol, 627mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 32g protein.

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