Sep 3, 2012

Slow Cooker Melt-in-Your-Mouth-Meat-Loaf

Gluten-Free Version

One of the earliest cookware that I have purchased when we first came to the USA was a slow cooker. I've had mine for about 7 years now and it has truly been my best friend in the kitchen. I rely on it when we have guests. I like that you can just place your favorite ingredients there and then leave them to cook for 6-8 hours and you come back with the yummiest dish (as you smell the aromatic flavors waft through your house) and you didn't even fuss. I can cook hours ahead of time which leave me more time to do other things (like clean the house perhaps before the guests arrive!). And of course, it's indispensable in summer time 'cause I can cook desserts in it without having to turn on the oven. What a big help.

I have quite a few recipes that I cook in the slow cooker over and over again.  One of them is the Meatloaf - a classic American comfort food. If you don't do it right,  meatloaf can be dry and bland. But since this one is cooked in the slow cooker, it has never happened to us. It always comes out moist and flavorful, too. For this I am indebted to Taste of Home's - Melt-in-Your-Mouth-Meat-Loaf recipe. I adapted it to suit my small family and, at that time, used the the ingredients available in my pantry. Since it all worked out well (sometimes we finish the whole loaf in one sitting, courtesy of William!) I decided to just stick to my simple adaptation.

Also, since we have been dabbling on a more gluten-free diet, I have replaced the breadcrumbs with ground almonds, but if you're not into this, feel free to just use bread crumbs. Honestly, I can't say which is better because they are both good. I don't even miss the breadcrumbs when I use the ground almonds but I leave that decision to you! Enjoy!

Regular Version

Ingredients

1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup ground almonds (I use Trader Joe's)*
1 small onion, chopped
3/4 tsp salt 
3/4 tsp rubbed sage (the most important!)
1 pound ground beef 
1/4 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp yellow mustard
1 tsp Gluten-free soy sauce

*Use seasoned bread crumbs instead if not doing the gluten-free version

Procedure 

In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well (mixture will be moist). Shape into a round loaf.



Place in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160°F.
   

In a small bowl, whisk the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and soy sauce. Spoon over the meat loaf. Cook for another 15 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

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7 comments

  1. I read you had a print button to removed images, forgive me I can't find??

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  2. Hi Jeannie, Sorry, I re-arranged my gadgets/widgets on the right side and so it's not where it should be. Anyway, it's on the right side, by the widgets area, on top of the blog archive. There's a printer icon there and you just need to click on it and it will tell you what to do. I need to really try to figure out how to put a printer icon per post. I still have to figure that out. Apologies for the inconvenience. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Abby, thanks for the recipe B.. U... T I'm not allowed to copy and paste that I used to do to keep all recipes that I like !! I hate sage and you stated that is very important !! That's is the main reason why I don't eat stuffing of the chicken / turkey as it has sage in it !! One man meat is another man poison !! Ha !! I will replace with other herb !! Still wondering what herb to replace it !!

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    1. Mrs. Lee, I have disabled the right click as a precaution so that people will be dissuaded from stealing my photos but there is a print-friendly option at the end of the post (all posts) so if you click on the printer icon then you can print the whole recipe with or without pictures from there. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I was lucky to grow up with a mom who is an excellent cook. But I was still a picky eater and drew the line with a few things. I never liked meat, and meatloaf was basically my worst nightmare for dinner, but of course it was my sister's favorite. My boyfriend likes meatloaf but I've never made it for him. I'm still in the awkward teenage stage of my cooking skills haha. I'm glad I found this recipe I made it this weekend and hoped for the best. He loved it, and surprisingly enough I also really liked it. We both agreed that it was better than what our mothers used to make, but they don't have to know that. :P

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    1. I appreciate the kind feedback and am so glad you and your boyfriend enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. I appreciate the kind feedback and am so glad you and your boyfriend enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by.

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