Meatloaf With a Twist

Posted on Mar 25 2015 - 12:47pm by guyfoodguru

Meatloaf With A Twist

Hint: It’s the Goldfish


What says home cooking and comfort food more than meatloaf?   I don’t know either…

This recipe uses moist ground chuck roast along with the sharpness added with onion soup mix, brown sugar for a little sweetness, Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning for a bit of bite. And then there’s the secret ingredient that sets this meatloaf apart, Goldfish crackers.

Meatloaf with a twist

Meatloaf with a twist


  • 2lbs Ground Chuck Roast - Have the butcher grind it
  • 1 1/2cups Crushed Goldfish Crackers - or cheese crackers of your choice
  • 1Packet - Onion Soup Mix
  • 1/2 Cup - Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Tony Chachere
  • 1 Tablespoon - Italian Seasoning
  • Ketchup


  1. Preheat Oven to 350
  2. Add all ingredients to a large bowl except the ketchup
  3. Mix well with a large spoon or by hand
  4. Form into a loaf and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (You can also use foil with a light spray of non-stick)
  5. Cook for 40 minutes
  6. Remove loaf from oven, change oven temp to 400 degrees
  7. Spread ketchup onto loaf evenly, return to oven and cook an additional 20 minutes or until thermometer reads 165 degrees.
  8. Remove from oven and cover loosely for 15minutes.
  9. Slice and serve.
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 Let’s Get Started

Instead of buying hamburger meat at $5.89 a pound, my local store had chuck roast on sale for $3.99lb.  I asked, and they ground a 2 pound roast for me.  This is exactly the same meat I buy for my Pot Roast recipe.  Add this meat to a large bowl and pour in a packet of onion soup mix.  You can see in this picture that they ground the fat up also with the roast, this is good, and will add much to the overall flavor and juiciness.

Now in half a cup of packed brown sugar








I put a cup and a half of goldfish crackers into my food processor and chop them until they look like the picture below with some larger pieces and some powdered.  You can also put the crackers into a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin, rubber mallet, or anything else you have around that you can use to smash crackers.   Also, if you don’t have or don’t like goldfish you can substitute them with any cheese cracker you have handy.


Place the crushed crackers into the bowl along with the meat and brown sugar.


Add an egg and 3/4 of a cup of milk to the bowl.


Now I add in 1 1/2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon of Tony Chachere’s and one tablespoon of Italian Seasoning


Mix all of these ingredients well with either a big spoon or get in there and use your hands to really get the job done.


Form the meat into a loaf and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  If you don’t have parchment paper you can use aluminum foil but be sure to spray it with non-stick first.  I prefer to make my loaf a flatter, more oval shape for nice even cooking and larger slices.


Oven Time

Put this into the oven set at 350 for forty minutes.  After forty minutes, remove from the oven, and cover with ketchup. Place back into a 400 degree oven for twenty more minutes.


Cover it

After the meat is fully cooked (If you check it with a thermometer, you want the meat to be 165 degrees), remove from the oven and cover for 15 minutes.  This step is important and will redistribute the juices.  I used a roasting pan turned upside down to cover mine. If you don’t have a pan large enough to cover your meatloaf, you can use aluminum foil to loosely cover it.


After 15 minutes, slice and serve your homemade meatloaf with your choice of side dishes.




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  5. Harold Burton June 9, 2021 at 6:21 am -

    Love this recipe! We use it quite often. I double the carrots and celery and add minced onion flakes to it and use Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice. After a couple hours check it to see if it needs a little bit more water added.

  6. Ashley Jones June 21, 2021 at 12:53 am -

    Love this recipe! We use it quite often. I double the carrots and celery and add minced onion flakes to it and use Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice. After a couple hours check it to see if it needs a little bit more water added.