Meat loaf that doesn’t require heating up your kitchen. Super easy with my DIY Homemade Onion Soup Mix or a packet of store bought.
Now you can satisfy that mid-summer craving (I’m not the only one, right?) and still keep your kitchen cool.
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So we’re on our 3rd straight day of 100°+ weather with more to come. And, as happens every year about this time, I start getting a craving for meat loaf.
I don’t usually let the heat keep me from baking, but my meat loaf recipe needs to bake at 350° for over an hour.
Plus, we have a 17 year old air conditioner that’s living on borrowed time and I don’t want to chance killing it in this heat. Not over meatloaf.
So I adapted my recipe for the slow cooker.
Before you start, place a slow cooker liner in your slow cooker. These guys make cleanup so much easier. Plus I’m going to show you later how to use the liner to easily get the meatloaf out so you can slice it.
If you don’t have any liners, just spray your slow cooker with some cooking spray.
Start by putting everything but the topping ingredients in a big mixing bowl or stand mixer. I make my own onion soup mix, mix up a few batches to keep on hand or use a store bought packet. I also make my own breadcrumbs.
Even though I use my KitchenAid I still get in there with my hands and do a final mix.
Use a nice lean ground beef for this recipe. That way it doesn’t just boil in a bunch of fat.
Once it’s well mixed, put it in your slow cooker and shape it into a loaf.
Yeah, there’s really no way to make raw meat loaf look good.
Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
Mix up the topping…
…and spoon it over the meat loaf.
Cover and cook another 1/2 hour or until the internal temperature reaches 160°.
For easy slicing and serving use a slow cooker liner. When the meat loaf is done, lift it out liner and all and place it on a cutting board near the sink. Snip the corner of the liner to drain juices the directly into the sink or a bowl.
Slice and serve being careful not to cut through the liner.
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