Classic Old Fashioned Meatloaf {Cooked In A Cast Iron Skillet}

Classic Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe, my Mother-in-law's recipe.  She taught me early on to cook my meatloaf in a cast iron skillet, and it has never changed and don't forget to save the tripping for delicious tomato gravy.

She would form her meatloaf in a bun and cook it with enough water to come up halfway in the skillet.  All those delicious juices make a wonderful gravy.   She believed that a good meatloaf recipe is one that has a good ratio of fat in the hamburger.  I use 85/15 and sometimes 80/20 which makes for a real moist and tender meatloaf.  The leaner the meat the dryer your meatloaf will be.

She always topped her meatloaf with ketchup, but we have varied on this over the years.  One thing I continued with--she believed in making plenty of this comfort food. When all my children were home, I would make two of these at a time just to have leftovers.  There is nothing better than a good leftover meatloaf sandwich!

Old Fashioned Meatloaf


2 lbs. hamburger
1 cup saltine cracker crumbs (oatmeal or bread crumbs)
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup bell pepper chopped (my addition)
2 eggs
3/4-1 cup evaporated milk (whole milk or half and half)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander (my addition)
2 cups of water
1 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 10-inch cast iron skillet with a nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine all the above ingredients, except for the water and ketchup, and mix until well blended.

Be careful not to handle the meat mixture too much.  Shape into a round bun and place in the cast iron skillet.  Pour water half way up in the skillet.

Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until meatloaf is done.   Spoon ketchup over the meatloaf and return to the oven for another 15 minutes.

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  1. HOLY COW....this sounds sooo good. I love a good meatloaf. I use my mother's recipe (why is it that the older the recipe, the better it is?) but I have never thought to do it in my iron skillet.
    I bake my biscuits in it...and use it for LOTS of things but never for meatloaf. Can't wait to try it.

  2. We love meatloaf too-I still make mine similar to my mother's method, which is almost like yours. I like the idea of having gravy with it; that's the way my MIL made it too.

  3. Making it now! Never heard of this method...we will test it for dinner!
    Love my very old iron skillet. Thank you.

  4. Trying this tonight on husband and friends. Sounds so good. Will let you know how it turns out. A little worried about so much water. Found this recipe on Facebook

  5. I'm always trying new meatloaf recipes. Thank you for this one. It looks moist and delicious.
    Consider yourself hugged,

    1. You will enjoy this one...yes, this one is very moist! Hugs back to you :)

  6. Mine had to cook for two hours but it was good!! Kids are usually very picky but they loved this!! Still nice and moist after 2 hours!!!

  7. Had to cook mine for 2 hours but it turned out great. Kids are usually very picky but they gobbled this one right up. Even though it cooked 2 hours still came out moist and delicious!! Thanks.

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    2. I am so glad the kiddos enjoyed it. Not sure how thick you made it...but sometimes when I make it really thick and round it takes a little longer to cook...but yes...delicious!!

  8. Hi,
    Sounds so good! How many people does your recipe serve? I need to serve 8 adults and 3 children. The adults (all boys) can easily it between 2-3 servings!


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