Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Don’t you just love fall?  I always think that summer is my favorite season and then comes fall!  I love the cooler weather and an excuse to break out my comfy sweatpants or wrap up in a blanket.  I also love my crockpot in the fall.  Things get pretty crazy around my house when school starts and I usually feel like I have been hit by a bus by the time I mosey on into the house.  I love cooking and it seems to make me feel good when I can set a hot plate in front of my man after a long day.  After dealing with 26 second graders all day, I do not always have the energy to slave over a hot stove when I get home.  This is why I love my crockpot!  Throw everything in and forget about it until it is time to eat…I think so!

I have been in the mood for trying some new recipes lately.  Usually I have good luck browsing Pinterest and adapting recipes the way I think would be good.  Last week, I tried a butternut squash soup that sounded amazing!  Then after it was finished,  it was what my fellow pinners and I would consider a Pinterest Fail.  Luckily the crockpot meatloaf I made turned out even better than I ever imagined!  If you are looking for a mouthwatering meatloaf, you better check this one out!  It was juicy and full of flavor!  I am excited for leftovers!

Ingredients

Ingredients (minus the Oregeno…I am not sure why that made it in the shot!)

Loaf Ingredients:

2 eggs
2/3 c milk
1/4 c ketchup
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
2/3 c breadcrumbs
1/4 c brown sugar
2 tablespoons parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried majoram
salt & pepper
2 stalks celery, diced
1 large onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced

Sauce Ingredients:
1 c ketchup
1/2 c brown sugar
1/3 c Worcester Sauce
1/8 c red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

Whisk together eggs, milk, and Dijon mustard. Add breadcrumbs and let sit while you mix up the meat mixture. In a large bowl, combine onion, garlic, celery, parsley, thyme, majoram, salt & pepper to taste. Add the ground pork and ground beef and mix thoroughly with hands. After meat mixture is combined, add the egg mixture and finish mixing.

Place meat mixture in a large crockpot in a loaf shape. In a small bowl, whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, Worcester Sauce, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and cayenne pepper. Pour sauce over loaf and cook on low for at least 6 hours.

Make sure to let breadcrumb mixture sit for awhile while you chop up the veggies.

Make sure to let breadcrumb mixture sit for awhile while you chop up the veggies.

Look at the color!  Love it!

Look at the color! Love it!

I used my big crockpot for this one!

I used my big crockpot for this one!

The sauce is so flavorful!

The sauce is so flavorful!

It was so tender and juicy!  Not too bad for my first meatloaf!

It was so tender and juicy! Not too bad for my first meatloaf!

Final product served with a side of sautéed green beans.

Final product served with a side of sautéed green beans.

 

 

 

 

 

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