Cheesy Crock Pot Meatloaf with Veggies
|Cooking Method:||Slow-Cooker/Crock Pot|
|2 lb||ground beef (other meats can be substituted, ground pork, ground turkey, ground chicken, bulk sausage or a mixture of meats)|
|1 c||bread crumbs, i used panko|
|1/2 c||onion, chopped|
|1/2 c||green bell pepper, chopped|
|3 clove||garlic, minced|
|1/2 Tbsp||fennel seed|
|1 tsp||basil, dried|
|4 to 6 medium||potatoes, quartered|
|3 or 4 large||carrots, cubed|
|2 Tbsp||olive oil, extra virgin|
|seasoning of choice (i used salt and pepper, you could use any desired seasonings) a little rosemary would be good|
|1/2 c||tomato sauce|
|oregano, dried to taste|
|garlic powder, to taste|
|onion powder, to taste|
|salt and pepper to taste|
|mozzarella cheese, shredded (optional)|
There are times I'd rather be in my craft room or out in the garden rather than in the kitchen. Meatloaf in the crock pot equals free time to do other things.
Meatloaf is one of my favorite meals. There are so many variations to making meatloaf and I don't think I ever make it the same way twice. Today I wrote this variation down. Hope you enjoy!
The veggies were and added bonus making this a one pot meal!
Hope you enjoy!
If you grind meat yourself, add the fennel seed and grind with the meat.
Spray crock with PAM for easier clean up.
Meatloaf is a dish of ground meat formed into a loaf shape, mixed with egg and breadcrumbs, then baked or in this case cooked in the crock pot. The loaf shape is formed by either cooking it in a loaf pan, or forming it by hand. Meatloaf is usually made from ground beef, although lamb, pork, veal, venison, bulk sausage and poultry or a combination of meats are also used.
Variations are unlimited!
Different taste for different folks. Choose seasoning that you like.
You could add diced potatoes to the meat mixture and cubes of cheddar and/or mushrooms.
You can even have a stuffed meatloaf, 2 layers of meat with a cheesy mushroom and onion filling.
If you don't like a tomato sauce topping, leave off but I wouldn't leave off the cheese ;)
Other toppings; BBQ sauce, Ketchup, or no topping at all. It really depends on the seasonings you choose.
OK pull out that crock pot and get to crocking!