Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Diner Monday ~ Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Since Sunday Challenge had to be sidelined due to my work schedule (may still change it to Weekend Challenge), I decided I wanted a new theme night. So here it is ~ Diner Mondays. I love Diner food and I think that it is something that can be done well.
My first dinner is one I have repeated many times. To be honest, it is the only meatloaf I have ever tried!

The original recipe can be found here

Slow-Cooker Meat Loaf with Mushrooms

2 slices homemade bread
1.5lbs ground meat (I grind my own and do a mix of various meats)
1 1/2 cups sliced (king oyster) mushrooms (I think any meaty mushroom would work. I love king oyster mushrooms and they are darn cheap too)
1 cup chopped fresh onion
1/2 cup minced fresh herbs
salt & pepper
Dash (or three) of Worcestershire sauce
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

1. Saute onions, garlic and mushrooms together. Allow to cool. If you are grinding your own meat, simply put the bread slices through the grinder after the meat. Other wise, pulse bread in a food processor to form crumbs. Gently mix everything except ketchup, mustard and pepper flakes. Form a loaf and palce in the slow cooker.

2. Combine ketchup, mustard, and pepper in a small bowl stirring with a fork. Spread ketchup mixture evenly over top of loaf. Cover with lid, cook on Low for 5-6 hours. (I usually go 8, with no ill effects)

Pair it with a delicious "homemade" Jello Pudding for the ultimate blue plate special!


Little Mama said...

What a fun theme. I have only ever used my grandmother's recipe for meatloaf, but I may have to give this a try sometime.

Randi said...

Did you enjoy the meatloaf? I make Martha Stewarts meatloaf 101 for my clients and they love it.

FoodNinja said...

Everyone has a meatloaf story, I love Alton Browns meatloaf, it is spicy. I just made a more subtle loaf the other day.