I decided to challenge myself with the crockpot this week, and make something that was totally out of my realm. (I challenged myself last week with rather grim results, by making Bananas Foster in the crockpot. It did not come out well, so be warned.) I found a recipe for a slow cooked meatloaf, and was curious enough to give it a try. I think this is going to be my new favorite way to make meatloaf. There have been times when I have made it the traditional way, i.e. baking it in the oven, and have taken it out, sliced it, and those slices have fallen to bits. That was my fear for this meatloaf, but it didn't happen. The slices were absolutely beautiful, and the taste? Well, the title "Melts in Your Mouth" describes this perfectly. It is delicious!
If you haven't tried making meatloaf in the crockpot, consider doing it, and I mean now! You can even make the meatloaf the night before, keep it covered in the fridge, and then put it into the crockpot in the morning. I'd advise you to spray the inside of the crock with Pam, particularly on the sides, in order to make cleanup easy. This one's a keeper folks.
Slow Cooker Melt-in-Your-Mouth Meatloaf
Adapted from Allrecipes.com
1/4 cup plus 1 T. whole milk
1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/4 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 T. ketchup
1 pound ground chuck
2 T. ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Combine egg, milk, breadcrumbs, onion, salt, sage, mushrooms, and ketchup in a large bowl. Crumble ground beef over mixture, and stir well to combine. Shape into a round loaf; place in a 4.5-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low until a meat thermometer reads 160°F, about 5 to 6 hours.
Whisk ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl; spoon sauce over meat loaf. Continue to cook on Low for an additional 20-30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.