Saturday, January 8, 2011

Easy slow cooker meatloaf recipe

It's not often I can remember a whole recipe without leaving the computer to get my notes first but this was so simple I could write a post off the cuff. Most meatloaf recipes can be adapted for the slow cooker and I'll be trying others but I wanted a really, really simple version for mid-week desperation moments. This also makes great sandwiches once cold.

Ingredients for 4-6:

1 lb / 500g beef mince (ground beef)
1 lb / 500g pork mince (ground pork)
1 egg
85 g packet (3-4 oz) Paxo sage and onion stuffing mix
2 tbsp BBQ sauce or ketchup


Make sure your meat is defrosted. This will be soggy and really unpleasant to mix if you use frozen.

Mix everything thoroughly in a large mixing bowl using your hands or a large fork.

Take a 2lb loaf tin (check this will fit in your slow cooker before you start mixing the meat) or a round china casserole dish of some sort that will take the mixture and grease it with a little vegetable oil or whatever you normally use. I didn't worry as I have a Teflon loaf tin. Spread the BBQ sauce or ketchup over the bottom. You could cook this in a mound straight in your slow cooker but it will cook much faster.

Cook on Low for 6-8 hours or on High for 3-4.

I served it with cous cous and buttered corn on this occasion but it would be wonderful with mashed potato or garlic mashed potato.


Easy and moist, this tasted as meat loaf should and was so simple a child could make it. The stuffing mix means the seasoning and onion are already in there. It didn't even need any more salt. You could try different flavours of stuffing mix or stretch the meat further by using a bigger pack.

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