If I could have one bite of food right before I die I would take a fork and get a healthy piece of meatloaf on it, scoop it through some whipped potatoes, dip into some peas, dabble in some ketchup, and then put it all in my mouth with a large sip of milk. Kill me now.
My meatloaf obsession started from an early age. This was a common dish my dad use to make when I was growing up and immediately became a favorite. Recently I found a recipe for meatloaf in a crockpot. This is typically a dish that is made in an oven so I was a little hesitant, but up for the challenge. Worst case scenario I end up with meatloaf soup and it all crumbles in the pot. I’ll take my chances.
Ingredients: Serves ~6 Crockheads
~ 2.5lbs of Ground Beef
3/4 cup Milk
2/3 cup Breadcrumbs
1/2 Onion, diced
1/2 Red Pepper, diced
1/2 teaspoon Rubbed Sage
Salt and Pepper
1/4 cup Ketchup
2 T Brown Sugar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Mix eggs, milk, breadcrumbs, onions, pepper, sage, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Handful by handful start adding the ground beef. Tip: Use a bigger bowl than I did. Here I added some ketchup squirts and also some more breadcrumbs in order to better form everything into a proper loaf. Once successfully done, transfer your loaf to a tin foil lined crockpot. The tin foil is key because the meatloaf creates a ton of juice from cooking out the fat. Next mix your 1/4 cup of ketchup with the brown sugar and worcestershire sauce. Pour the mixture over the loaf.Set the bad boy on low for 6 hours. (Look at all that juice after 6 hours!)To ensure the loaf is cooked through all the way, take a thermometer and it should read at least 160 degrees. Transfer it then to a pan and broil it in the oven for about 5 minutes on high.
At this point I was secretly dancing in my head that I did not have meat soup. My guests that came to Crockpottuesday were Fallon, Eric, Fritz, Shannon, and Raymond.While hanging out in the kitchen Fallon had a genius idea- to use the juice from the meat to make gravy! This is why I love to cook around others. I would have never thought of that and just thrown it away. Fall transferred the juice to a small pot on the stove and added some flour and whisked away. It was delicious. I have to say our plates turned out pretty pretty. Fallon contributed the mashed potatoes and the most amazing peas with proscuitto and Shannon made a delicious summer spinach salad with fetta cheese, strawberries, and a fruit vinaigrette. Thanks for coming y’all and hope I didn’t scare y’all from coming back… 😉 Remember: What happens at Crockpottuesday, stays at Crockpottuesday!!!!!!