Mrs Cobb's Meatloaf

"This is from The Cat Who cookbook which is based upon the mystery series by Lilian Jackson Braun. This is Jim Qwilleran's favorite landlady's meatloaf recipe that he always talks about."
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Ready In:
1hr 35mins


  • 1 12 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 12 can cranberry sauce (Mrs Cobb's secret ingredient)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onions
  • 12 cup milk
  • 14 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 18 teaspoon sage
  • 1 dash nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon pepper
  • 23 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 12 lbs extra lean ground beef


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Stir brown sugar and cranberry sauce together until smooth.
  • Place in bottom of 9" x 5" loaf pan.
  • In a bowl, combine eggs, onion, milk, thyme, sage, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  • Stir in bread crumbs.
  • Add ground beef and mix thoroughly.
  • Shape into a loaf and place on top of cranberry mixture.
  • Flatten top so loaf will sit level when inverted.
  • Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Let stand 10 minutes and invert on plate to serve.

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  1. Was a tasty meatloaf, the topping gave it that little 'extra'. The books are good too. =)
  2. This is my family's new favorite meatloaf. And so good in sandwiches the next day.
  3. I love cranberries and this was a nice touch. The texture of the meatloaf is great - you can slice it but it is not too firm. I served it with black asparagus and a green bean/carrot casserole, Thanks for a keeper
  4. My husband liked this meatloaf and he's really finicky about such things. He was not impressed with the idea of using cranberry sauce, but we both liked the sweet-tart flavor on top of the dish. I used Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs and added a little dry mustard, as suggested by another rater. Good stuff!
  5. This is a departure from the same old meatloaf and was a refreshing change. I prepared as presented here but wonder if a little dry mustard might give it a little more character. Next time, I'll try it in two pans and do a back to back test. Thanks mysterygirl!


  1. Delicious! I only made a couple changes to the recipe. I used ground turkey instead of beef and used about a T. of molasses instead of brown sugar. I also baked it up the day before I served it and reheated it. Worked out great. I chose the recipe because I had a can of cranberry that I wanted to use up and Dh isn't a fan of cranberry sauce and he enjoyed it very much. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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