Every family should have a good meatloaf recipe…….ironic that I say this since I haven’t eaten beef, in 14 years! The upcoming holiday season has always proved a bit tricky for me as, even as a child, I hated turkey and ham. I was always completely grossed out when I would come home from school and my Mom would have the crock pot going with ham and beans (“sorry Mom, I had a HUGE lunch at school”……or, “what a shame I have ballet tonight”). And my Mom’s meatloaf topped with bacon? Well, the irony is that she MADE me eat that and she is now a complete vegetarian bordering on vegan.
So at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners I was always more than happy to have a massive plate of side dishes. What a carbo plate it was filled with mashed potato, green bean casserole, sweet potato, stuffing, and rolls. My great grandmother’s pies smothered in real whipped cream topped it off.
The final decision to go beef, pork, turkey free came after a week at my Dad’s 14 years ago. My Dad LOVES his meat and has an entire upright freezer dedicated to the cow. I just decided that I was done and even though cheeseburgers smell good to me, I am now petrified what it would do to my stomach and just can’t seem to get over the thought of taking a bite. So off the menu beef stays. But, my husband was raised on steak and eggs for breakfast and some sort of meat on the table every dinner time. So just because I can’t stomach the bovine is no reason that my family should not enjoy it weekly.
Enter the slow cooker meatloaf recipe below. They raved about the taste, I got to use my brand new New Wave 6 in 1 cooker from Kitchenware Direct, and the best thing about it, I didn’t even have to touch the meat at all
Slow Cooker Meat Loaf
Adapted from the Gluten Free Homemaker
6 – 8 washed potatoes
1/3 cup water
1 kilo premium mince
½ cup gluten free bread crumbs or instant potato flakes
2 tsp onion powder or onion salt (depending on if you like salt or not)
2 tsp garlic
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp nutmeg
½ cup milk
Salt & pepper to taste
1 – 1 & ½ cups ketchup depending on your saucy preference
1 Tbls gluten free soy cauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
Chop potatoes into chunks and place in the bottom of the slow cooker. Cover with water.
Combine all meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. I used my stand mixer and a spatula and, voila, no touching the meat! Dump into the slow cooker on top of the potatoes and pat with the spatula to cover.
Mix glaze ingredients and pour on top. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3-4 hours until both the meatloaf and potatoes are cooked through. Serve with fresh veggies.
So even if you don’t partake of this “meat cake”, as my friend Roz calls it, you will still be the dinnertime hero plus there is plenty for leftover sandwiches which will earn you bonus points with the meat ‘n potatoes man!