If you usually bake meatloaf in a loaf pan, you’ll be surprised to see how easy it is to do in a slow cooker. While you’re  at it, toss in a few baked potatoes, too. The best part  is you come home to a complete meal. Pure comfort food the way Mom used to make it.

Some of you grew up on casseroles out of a slow cooker (sorry)– but now were using that same slow cooker to roast chickens, bake bread, make lasagna and for other creative dishes. Yep, slow cookers were originally made to cook or braise meats for long periods of time, but we decided to color outside those lines today. This meal is inspired by The Recipe ReDux theme this month: “No-Casserole Crock Pot.” And the best part is…

You come home to a meal READY TO EAT!

Mealoaf and Potatoes from Betterthandormfood.com

So if you don’t have a slow cooker, borrow one from your neighbor or pick one up at a second hand store now!  Then ask for one for Christmas.

This dish is great right out of the cooker, but is also incredible the next day in a sandwich. 100% perfect for left overs; so don’t be afraid to make the full recipe even if it’s only for you.

Meatloaf Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs or quick cooking oats (or in a pinch use crushed croutons or crackers)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 lb. uncooked ground beef 90/10 Lean  (Remember to use the butcher counter to get the smaller portion)

Topping Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Potatoes

  • 2 baking potatoes, russet
  • Foil
  • Optional Potato toppings: butter, sour cream, green onions, etc.

STEP ONE: In a medium bowl, mix together all the meatloaf ingredients. Form into a loaf.

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STEP TWO: Place the loaf onto a sheet of foil and place into the slow cooker with the foil sides left open up. The foil just makes it easier to lift it out when it’s done, contains the meat juices and keeps clean up easy! Scrub the potatoes and tightly wrap in foil and place next to the meat loaf in the slow cooker.

crockpot

STEP THREE: Make the meatloaf topping by mixing the 3 ingredients and spreading over the top of the meatloaf.

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COOK ON HIGH FOR 6 HOURS

LAST STEP: Carefully lift the meatloaf from the cooker by grabbing the sides of foil.

meatloaf

Let it rest for 10 minutes. It slices easier if you do this. Meanwhile, remove the potatoes and the foil from the slow cooker.  Prep your potato fixings. Slice the meatloaf. Serve with a vegetable, or side salad.  For pure easiness, I just microwave a bag of Steam Fresh veggies.

Mealoaf and Baked Potatoes from Betterthandormfood.com

Love slow cooker recipes? Try these next time:

Slow cooker Chiptole Chicken and Rice Bowl , Garlic Lemon Chicken Sweet and Sour Meatballs on Rice, Pork Carnitas or Mouthwatering Chicken Tacos