September 15, 2013

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

With this Slow Cooker Meatloaf, you can whip up the classic comfort of meatloaf with slow cooker convenience.



Wow! ... was it ever a gorgeous fall weekend here in North Carolina!  While I did spend some time outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather, strangely enough the pleasantly cooler weather made me want to be in the kitchen.  Oh, who am I kidding? ... pretty much any weather {except high-temperature scorchers} makes me want to be in the kitchen.

So I spent most of Saturday doing initial trial runs of three new recipes {which didn't go so great, by the way} and whipping up a classic comfort food dinner, including this Slow Cooker Meatloaf.

Until recently, I had never even thought of cooking meatloaf in the crockpot!  But I'm soooo glad to have now discovered this method.


I absolutely adore meatloaf ... especially making meatloaf sandwiches with the leftovers ... but have always had trouble cooking it myself.

Yup.  My meatloaf has always turned out dry.  Too dry for my liking.

Well, guess what?

Cooking meatloaf in the slow cooker keeps it nice and moist!  My dry meatloaf problem is solved!


Saturday I whipped up some classic comfort ... this slow cooker meatloaf, mashed potatoes, steamed green beans, and pumpkin biscuits with honey-pecan butter.  Mmmmm, mmmmm.  We were in comfort food heaven!


I used my beautiful custom-engraved cherryBLOX chopping board to prepare our green beans.


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Now excuse me, please ... I've got to go make a delicious meatloaf sandwich to bring for my lunch tomorrow.  With nice and moist meatloaf, courtesy of my slow cooker!

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Slow Cooker Meatloaf
Source:  A Tracey original, adapted from my Mom's classic meatloaf recipe


Ingredients
Meatloaf:
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef (I use 85% lean)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 3/4 c. Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 medium-sized onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 c. tomato sauce*
Sauce:
  • 1/2 c. tomato sauce*
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. dried sage
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch black pepper
Directions
  1. FOR THE MEATLOAF: Place all meatloaf ingredients in a large mixing bowl; mix until well combined. Place meatloaf mixture in a slow cooker, covering the entire bottom and patting mixture to the shape of the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low setting for 5 to 6 hours.
  3. FOR THE SAUCE: Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate while the meatloaf cooks.
  4. When the meatloaf has 30 minutes of cooking time remaining, spoon or pour out some of the grease in the slow cooker. Spread the sauce on top of the meatloaf. Turn the slow cooker to high and cook for 30 more minutes.
  5. Remove meatloaf to a serving plate (I use 2 spatulas to lift if from the slow cooker) and let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Slice and serve.
* A total of 1 (8 oz.) can of tomato sauce is used in this recipe.

Note - Change up the seasonings to suit your personal taste ... this recipe is very flexible.

14 comments:

  1. This sounds so good. I love the fact that it is cooked in a slow cooker. Makes meal getting easy if you have a busy day, no matter who you are. Thanks for sharing

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  2. I am obsessed with my slow cooker and have never made meatloaf in it before! I am going to have to try this soon. :)
    Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!

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    1. I hadn't either until recently, Carrie. I LOVE this meatloaf method! Enjoy!

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  3. These sound AMAZING! I love the way that you made that meal.

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  4. Meatloaf is an old favorite of mine - Mama could make the best. Haven't tried it in the slow cooker yet, thanks for sharing your recipe. Please send some of that cooler weather down here to South Georgia!

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  5. This looks great! Meatloaf is one of my favorite meals (almost as good as the meatloaf sandwiches the next day.) I had no idea I could make it in the slow cooker. Thanks!

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  6. You wont believe I have never actually made meatloaf before but Iv always wanted to. Cooking it in the slow cooker sounds like a great way to go as well as it will keep it moist. Im saving this to my favourites :) Thanks for sharing

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  7. This seems like a great idea but for anyone that doesn't have a slow cooker you can make moist meatloaf in the oven if done right. First off, do not just use all ground beef. Use a mixture of beef, veal and pork. I usually by the meatloaf mixture at my local grocery store which is a mixture of beef, pork and veal. Beef for flavor, pork for fat and veal for texture. Also add 4 slices of white bread, crust cut off to a bowl of milk and let soak for a few minutes. Squeeze out excess milk and add to meat mixture. Also use less dry bread crumbs. Instead of 3/4 cup, use 1/2 cup. The dry bread crumbs and only using beef is what is drying your meatloaf out.

    I also make home made meatballs with the same ingredients.

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  8. hamburger meat from raw should never be cooked in the slow cooker. It should always be browned so no pink is showing. the slow cooker never gets hot enough to kill all the bacteria.

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    1. That's not true. The slow cooker does just what it says, slow cooks the meat until done and killing all bacteria. You need to Educate yourself before posting scare tactics to people. The heat of the slow cooker has nothing to do with the food. the food will eventually get hot enough at a longer time to kill all bacteria.

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  9. i wondered about the safety of cooking in the slow cooker also,,but i suppose u can use a thermometer to check the temp of the loaf.. id imagine the slow cooker gets hot enough since it cooks stuff to boiling.

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    1. Slow cookers do cook hot enough or they wouldn't sell them. Don't listen to people that have no idea what they are talking about. All of the BBQ joints in Texas cook there meats low and slow and cooking in a slow cooker is no different.

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  10. Congratulations you have found a new formula, specific, clear and detailed, I am glad I have a new recipe after reading your article, very happy, if you can guide me how to use a pressure cooker. Let me know if you can.

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