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Skillet Meatloaf with Pan Gravy

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When I think of comfort food, one of the first meals that comes to mind is meatloaf. But there is one downfall to a traditional meatloaf…it can take over an hour just to bake! What if I told you that this meatloaf recipe takes less than 30 minutes?! It’s cooked in a skillet so each piece has those coveted crispy edges and it also has an easy pan gravy that is perfect over top of mashed potatoes as well. I honestly can say that I will never make meatloaf in the oven again…and I don’t think you will either!

It starts off just like a traditional meatloaf except instead of forming one large loaf, you are going to make 4 patties and sauté them in a skillet then use those drippings to make a delicious gravy that has onions, and beef broth and tastes like it simmered all day! skillet meatloaf easy dinner best pan quick

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Skillet Meatloaf with Pan Gravy
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

So much quicker and tastier than a traditional baked meatloaf, this comes together in 30 minutes and has a pan gravy that you can smother over mashed potatoes and the meatloaf!

Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
FOR THE MEATLOAF
  • 1 slice of white bread (crust removed)
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 small onion (diced very finely and separated into 2 equal piles...about 1/4 cup each)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 lb ground beef
FOR THE GRAVY
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Reserved 1/4 cup of onions
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
Instructions
FOR THE MEATLOAF
  1. In a large bowl, add your white bread (with crust removed), and the milk. Let it sit while you chop your onion. 

  2. Finely chop your onion and add HALF of it to the bowl. It should be around 1/4 cup. Save the other 1/4 cup for the gravy. Don't worry if your measurements are not exact...it'll be just fine 🙂

  3. Add in the beaten egg, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Use a fork and combine everything together so it is one big mushy concoction. 

  4. Add the ground beef to the bowl and combine everything together. Now I hate to say it but your hands are the best tools for this. So take those rings off and dig right in!. Mix it until it's just combined being careful not to over mix the meat or it can get tough. 

  5. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. I don't add any oil to the pan since the meat will have its own but definitely spray your pan with non-stick spray....yes, even if it's a non-stick pan.  If you don't have the spray, just use a tiny bit of oil to coat the pan. 

  6. Once the pan is hot, divide your meat into 4 equal parts and form them into patties with your hands. Add to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes on each side. (TIP: before flipping, spray the tops of the meatloaf with more non-stick spray so that the other side doesn't stick when you flip it over)

  7. Once cooked, remove the meat from the pan and set them aside on a plate. 

FOR THE GRAVY
  1. In the same hot skillet, add your butter and onions and sauté until the onions are soft. (about 3-5 minutes)

  2. Once they've softened, add in the flour and cook for just one minute while stirring. I would normally say whisk it but since you are using a non-stick pan, just use a wooden spatula so you don't scrape up your pan.

  3. After the minute is up, add in your beef broth and stir that until it begins to bubble, then add in the ketchup. Stir to combine it all together and your done! The gravy will thicken as it sits. 

 

Coco and Ash
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  • Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    January 31, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    So meatloaf is the ultimate comfort food — it’s one of those things that if I see it on a menu, I will bypass the big steaks and fanci-fied food for a plate of meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Making them on the stove top makes so much sense! Genius!

    • Coco and Ash
      January 31, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks so much Lisa! I’m a big meatloaf fan too 🙂

  • Sus // roughmeasures.com
    January 31, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I always remember my mum making meatloaf for us as kids as my brothers loved it!

  • Cindy Gordon
    January 31, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    It can’t get any more comfort food than that! Wow, I know that my mom would swoon over that! Going to surprise her for Sunday Supper!

    • Coco and Ash
      January 31, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Let me know if you do! I would love to hear what you think 🙂

  • Megan Marlowe
    January 31, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I love meatloaf but have never made a pan gravy to go with it. I’m absolutely doing that next time!

    • Coco and Ash
      January 31, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you! I hope you love it!

  • Sandhya Nadkarni
    January 31, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    So wonderful to have the comfort food ready in a short time. Your skillet meatloaf looks super yummy!

    • Coco and Ash
      January 31, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Sue Moore
    February 12, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    This sounds yummy. Will have to try it. I don’t normally have bread around , so thought I would try it with some Italian style bread crumbs or plain which ever one I have at the time I decide to make it. I also think I will form into meatballs as my grandson loves meatballs. Will have to double up on the gravy too.
    Thanks for sharing!! This is an easy fix for during the work week.

    ***One little correction–a small typo in #3 of the directions, (together so it it one big mushy concoction) I think you meant it is……lol I do this all the time, plus auto correct doesn’t help.

    • Coco and Ash
      February 16, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks Sue!! I hope you like it! Meatballs sounds like a great idea too! 🙂

  • Cassandra
    February 22, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Tried this tonight, it was very good. I whisked in tomato paste instead of ketchup. Reminded me of salisbury steak, more than a meatloaf though.

    • Coco and Ash
      February 25, 2017 at 10:31 am

      SO glad you liked it! Tomato paste would totally work too 🙂

  • April
    February 23, 2017 at 12:41 am

    I’ll comment since I actually made this recipe. It was very good and well received by my family and preferred over traditional meatloaf. I did double it since I cook for college aged sons. I also left out the onion because onions don’t like my husband 🙂 I would definitely make again.

    • Coco and Ash
      February 25, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Yay!! I’m so happy you all liked it!!

  • Cindy
    February 23, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Incredibly awesome. I doubled the recipe for my larger family and barely had leftovers! Added sugar snap peas and baby carrots on the side for a slight twist on the original! Super recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    • Coco and Ash
      February 25, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Thank you Cindy!! I’m so glad you liked it!