Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

This time of year, with the frigid temperatures and my desire to hibernate until it all goes away, meatloaf is the perfect dinner. A few years ago I tried making my meatloaf in a crock pot (or as some say, slow cooker). The heavenly aroma filled the house for hours, and it made dinner all that much more enjoyable.

If you need a meatloaf recipe, or are looking for something new to try, I promise you will not be disappointed.

Mommyhood Meatloaf
1 lb meatloaf mix
1 package Lipton Onion Soup
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 egg
Splash Milk
Squeeze Ketchup 
2 tsp parsley flakes (or fresh chopped if you're and overachiever)
Sprinkle Pepper 

Bacon Bits (Overachievers please use fresh cooked bacon strips)
1 can V8 Juice

In large bowl, mix first 8 ingredients.  Use your hands.  They will freeze.  It's all part of the meatloaf making experience.

Mold into desired loaf.

Place in crock pot, and sprinkle top with bacon bits.  Use as much as desired.

Pour can of V8 juice over top of meatloaf.  Continue to pour until meatloaf is 1/2 immersed in V8 Juice.
Place lid on crock pot and bake 4.5 to 5 hours.  I usually monitor the meatloaf and adjust setting if needed.  I bake on high for 4 hours and then set to low for last 1/2 to 1 hour.

An unwritten law when making my meatloaf is that you must make mashed potatoes as a side.  The V8 Juice makes for a scrumptious meatloaf sauce to drizzle over the mashed potatoes.

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