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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf, a slow cooker recipe

Everyone needs a delicious, family-favorite meatloaf recipe, to turn to. Melt-in-Your-Mouth-Meat Loaf is just what you need. Easily the one meatloaf to serve the family, time, and time again! You will want to keep this recipe handy...

For so many years I made meatloaf in the oven and while it was good, it was also dry. The outside was crusty and often hard to cut, not just for dinner but thinly for sandwiches the next day. Then one day when I got home from work, this delicious meatloaf was waiting. To be honest, I would have not chosen this recipe, thinking that it might be bland, but I would have been wrong!


Before retirement, we both cooked and shared in the clean-up. And the wonderful thing about two cooks in a family is the variety of what looks and sounds good. Two cooks double the looking and the decisions about what will be cooked. 


And I have to say everything my hubby cooked was excellent. This recipe for Melt-in-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf is proof...You see a second cook in the kitchen and an additional set of senses are very generous to variety. Which is always a bonus to enjoy! 


Two cooks also mean that food is viewed from a different angle than just that of a long-term cook, who while she still enjoys cooking, might be just a little bit stuck in a cooking rut! And while that might have been me.......I have learned that the slow cooker is a cook's best friend! 



For those still working outside the home, using a programmable slow cooker, this meatloaf can be timed to be ready when you get home, and only need the sauce poured on, while you get the rest of the dinner completed. And by the way, help with the rest of the dinner is also a good idea, I am just saying! So I am offered a few suggestions below... 


Melt-in-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf is a compact meatloaf, yet very tender and the sauce sets it off perfectly. Plus leftovers make great sandwiches! For families with two slow cookers, Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese is a great side dish. If you are looking for more vegetables on your plate, you may want to try Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Pecans.  or Oven Roasted Delicata Squash and Onions.


We have also included updated ingredient amounts for those times when you have two pounds of ground beef (or simply want a larger meatloaf!). We hope you enjoy this Melt-in-Your-Mouth-Meat Loaf as much as we do! And remember leftover meatloaf makes great sandwiches the next day...


Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • eggs
  • ground beef
  • bread crumbs
  • dried minced onion
  • rubbed sage
  • catsup, you can make your own! The recipe is found here.
  • brown sugar, you can make your own!
  • yellow ballpark mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
 You will also need the following:
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • liquid measuring cup
  • large mixing bowl
  • 6-qt slow cooker
 Now we are ready to begin!




Melt-in-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf
adapted from:  Taste of Home, slow cookers, casseroles, and soups

2 eggs
3/4 c milk
2/3 c dried bread crumbs*
1 T dried minced onion
1 t salt
3/4 t rubbed sage
1 1/2 pound ground beef 

OR:

2 eggs
3/4 c milk
3/4 c dried bread crumbs*
1 (rounded) T dried minced onion
1 1/8 t salt
scant 1 t rubbed sage
2 pounds ground beef

2/3 c ketchup
2 T brown sugar
1 T ballpark yellow mustard
1 t Worcestershire sauce


In a large bowl, combine eggs through the ground beef.  Mix well, the mixture will be moist. Shape into a round ball and place in a 6-qt slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees.


In a small bowl, combine ketchup through Worcestershire sauce. Mix well and spoon over meatloaf. Cook an additional 15 minutes.


Remove meatloaf from the cooker, allow to rest 5 minutes, slice, and enjoy. 


*tip, if you are out of dried bread crumbs, use one slice of fresh bread, crumbled, and 1/4 c oatmeal. 

Storage options for Melt in Your Mouth Meatloaf. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. For longer storage, store leftover meatloaf in the freezer. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating. 


UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Melt in Your Mouth Meatloaf has been included below. 


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Printable "copy and paste" version:

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf
adapted from:  Taste of Home, slow cookers, casseroles, and soups

2 eggs
3/4 c milk
2/3 c dried bread crumbs*
1 T dried minced onion
1 t salt
3/4 t rubbed sage
1 1/2 pound ground beef 

OR:

2 eggs
3/4 c milk
3/4 c dried bread crumbs*
1 (rounded) T dried minced onion
1 1/8 t salt
scant 1 t rubbed sage
2 pounds ground beef

2/3 c ketchup
2 T brown sugar
1 T ballpark yellow mustard
1 t Worcestershire sauce


In a large bowl, combine eggs through the ground beef.  Mix well, the mixture will be moist. Shape into a round ball and place in a 6-qt slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees.


In a small bowl, combine ketchup through Worcestershire sauce. Mix well and spoon over meatloaf. Cook an additional 15 minutes.

Remove meatloaf from the cooker, allow to rest 5 minutes, slice, and enjoy. 

*tip, if you are out of dried bread crumbs, use one slice of fresh bread, crumbled, and 1/4 c oatmeal. 

Storage options for Melt in Your Mouth Meatloaf. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. For longer storage, store leftover meatloaf in the freezer. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating. 

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  1. Meatloaf is something I have tried to make a couple of times but it can be a bit bland. The sauce on this one would definitely help!

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    1. I am with you, and you are correct, the sauce makes it delicious!

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  2. My husband isn't a fan of meatloaf. I usually like it better the next day on a sandwich with ketchup. We never have it, but I grew up having it fairly often! It was probably pretty bland, though; my mother wasn't interested in cooking and didn't have a talent for it!

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    1. I am with you on sandwiches the next day, but I need a bit of mustard. I have also learned that slices of meatloaf freeze very well and are delicious sauteed in butter when served as a "planned over" dinner!

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  3. I haven't made meatloaf for years! What a great idea, cooking it in the slow cooker!
    I'll have to give it a go. Thank you!

    You're most welcome to join me in a cuppa at Tea With Jennifer,
    Jennifer

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  4. Thanks for sharing with us at Farm Fresh Tuesdays Blog Hop! Your fabulous meat loaf is one of my features this week! Stop by to see your feature and say hi!
    Melissa | little frugal homestead

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  5. Yummy, sounds tasty! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 18, open until November 26. Shared.

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  6. The best things about meatloaf is the sandwiches the next day. This looks like perfect sandwich meatloaf!! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!! Hope your week is wonderful!

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  9. This sounds yummy! I make my meatloaf in the oven but use almost all the same ingredients listed here (though I like BBQ in place of the ketchup). I have never thought of cooking it in my slow cooker but I really like that idea! Pinned.

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    1. Thank you! I like how moist the slow cooker keeps the meatloaf. My husband would love the change out of BBQ sauce for the catsup.

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