Meatloaf was already a well-known comfort food, but you toss "easy to make" into the mix, it really is a dish that can't be beaten. Create this essential dinner inside your trusty crockpot to take the work out of cooking. Get your favorite seasonings and ground meat together for an uncomplicated meal.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Spray the inside of your crockpot with a nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients with your hands.
  3. Once the ingredients are combined, pat into a rectangular shape that won’t touch the sides of the crockpot; place into crockpot.
  4. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4 hours. The inside of your meatloaf should read 165 degrees F on the meat thermometer.

Supplies

  • large bowl
  • meat thermometer

Additional Methods

Different Meats

sliced meatloaf on a grill

Ground beef has been the go-to meat for meatloaf, but there are other meats you can use. Switch things up by making a meatloaf from ground turkey, veal, or chicken, or leaner versions of your favorite meats.

Your Favourite Spices

The above spices are the ones we like the best, but you can include whichever seasoning you like. Some home chefs like things a little spicier while others prefer to keep things simple and mild. A few additional spices and ingredients to try are:

  • celery
  • peppers
  • tomato
  • paprika
  • chili powder

Best Pairings

slices of meatloaf next to mashed potatoes and vegetables on a plate

Your crockpot meatloaf will go well with just about any side dish you like. Serve with mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, sautéed mushrooms, or a salad of your choice.

Aside from what foods you stick beside it, you can also slather your meatloaf in a variety of sauces. Ketchup works well, but your crockpot meatloaf will taste amazing with a sauce made from Worcestershire sauce and a splash of hot sauce. Various glazes like those made from brown sugar or honey also alter the flavor of your meatloaf in a good way.

Crockpot meatloaf is a more relaxing way to make the traditional dish. As opposed to keeping an eye on things in the oven, you can just stick your ingredients in the crockpot and return a few hours later. Gift yourself some comfort food and downtime with this recipe your kitchen really can't do without.

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