The CROCKPOT. A wonderful invention that allows you to cook a meal while you are at work! Worry-free and pretty yummy if you can master the crocking technique.
I can tell with experience, my crocking is improving. I used to open the lid at least 20 times during the cooking process.
Tip number ONE: Do not remove the lid and stir, except maybe once when the cooking is halfway through. I do check once and determine whether to leave the pot on low or high, but JUST ONCE.
Tip number TWO: Season just a bit more than you might normally season on the stove. For me, at least, the crockpot tends to make foods seem just a little bland. Cavendar's Greek seasoning is my favorite to add to meat and veggies.
Tip number THREE: If it will be a messy crockpot meal, I suggest using a slow cooker liner. They are thin plastic liners made to use in your cooker, and they make cleanup a breeze. You can find them near the aluminum foil at the grocery store.
For this meatloaf, I looked at about 12 recipes and made up my own. That is how I typically cook. I really just can't follow a recipe. But sometimes, it pays off. I really liked how this meatloaf turned out.
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 cup crushed Cheezit crackers
1 packet of onion soup mix
3/4 cup diced green pepper
several large dashes of Cavendar's Greek seasoning
1/2 cup Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce or similar
1/2 cup ketchup
Mix all of the above ingredients and form a loaf. I recommend using a Crockpot liner with this meatloaf. I cooked it for 7 hours on low, but half way through, I used the liner to drain the grease and flip the meatloaf over. I think this really helped it to cook like a real meatloaf. Once you flip it over, top it with a mixture of 1/2 cup BBQ sauce and 1/2 cup ketchup. Continue cooking for the remaining time.
I will definitely be making this one again, soon.
I prefer my meatloaf in a sandwich. These Hawaiian sweet buns make a wonderful little bite. I added cheese, and it was so good!
Love what you eat and eat what you love! :)