Because no evaporation takes place, the crockpot makes an especially moist and tender meat loaf. The mushrooms add moisture as well.
2 (1-ounce) slices whole wheat bread
3/4 pound ground round
3/4 pound ground turkey
1 1/2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
1/2 cup grated fresh onion
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
How to Make It
Place bread in a food processor, and pulse 10 times or until crumbs measure 1 1/3 cups. Combine the crumbs, beef, and next 7 ingredients (beef through garlic) in a large bowl, and shape meat mixture into a 9 x 6-inch loaf. Place loaf in an electric slow cooker.
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 hours.
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I found this recipe to be very good. The meat or the sauce needed just a bit of something. Will try a few things next time but all in all everyone like it. I used 1# ground beef 93/7 lean and 1# ground venison. Used 1-1/3 cups breadcrumbs, minced the mushrooms. . I also doubled the sauce. But it was very moist and flavorful when it was done. Cooked to inside temp of 165.
Not sure meatloaf rates a "special occasion", but anyway, this was good and nice to have a slow cooker option for meatloaf. Agree with others that the mushrooms lend a nice touch and don't have to be chopped fine. Used 'Bella's 'cuz that's what the store had. Used panko because didn't want to fool with the food processor for such a small task. Thought it might be weird in the slow cooker, but didn't miss the oven variety at all. Used half ground venison/half ground pork, 'cuz that's how we roll. Was great to be able to set the cooker on, with CL's Balsamic Collard Greens in the other slow cooker, while we assisted with the prep for the mid-day meal at the local shelter. Came home, sliced garden tomatoes, and dinner was ready! Awesome!
Delicious! Family loved it too! Used 1lb. extra lean ground turkey and 1lb. 93/7 beef (leaner beef will help with it being too "wet"). Also put fresh regular mushrooms, wheat bread, onions in the food processor and made a dry mix then added to the beef and turkey with the rest of the ingredients. I like a bit more of the sauce so doubled it...served with homemade garlic mashed potatoes with turkey bacon and green onions.
Great meatloaf recipe! I used Italian seasoned Panko breadcrumbs instead of the bread. I added dijon to the meatloaf itself also. I didn't have shitake mushrooms, so used sliced baby portobellas instead. I noticed a lot of comments about cutting the mushrooms smaller, but really, not necessary...they meld with the loaf and you can barely tell they are there. The loaf was firm and easy to slice. I've never made a meatloaf in the crock pot before, but this is the way to go! I served with garlic mashed potatoes and peas.