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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 234.2
  • Total Fat: 6.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 116.3 mg
  • Sodium: 189.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 17.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.3 g
  • Protein: 27.1 g

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Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Introduction

This meatloaf has the best of both worlds: a great crust and a moist interior! The trick is lining your slow cooker and creating a water bath. Trust me, it's worth the effort!
This meatloaf has the best of both worlds: a great crust and a moist interior! The trick is lining your slow cooker and creating a water bath. Trust me, it's worth the effort!

Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    Meat loaf
    1 large egg, beaten
    1 tablespoon skim milk
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    1 slice whole-grain bread
    1 tablespoon tomato paste
    1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1 pound extra lean (91/9) ground beef

    Sauce
    1/4 cup no salt added ketchup
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    1 teaspoon no salt added tomato paste



Tips

The soaked bread is called a panade, and it provides moisture and adds structure to the meatloaf.
You can use a leaner beef or even turkey with this recipe, if you prefer.
Like it spicy? Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sauce and to the meatloaf.
The leftovers make a great sandwich.

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Directions

Combine the egg, milk, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce in a large mixing bowl. Tear or chop the bread into small cubes, add to the egg mixture and soak for about 5 minutes.
Add the remaining meatloaf ingredients and combine, using a fork.
Coat an 8-inch round glass or metal baking dish with nonstick spray. Transfer the meat to the dish and form into a meatloaf shape. Pour 1/2 cup water into the slow cooker liner to create a water bath for the baking dish. Set on low and cover. Cook for 6-8 hours.

One hour before eating, combine the sauce ingredients in a small dish.

Remove the lid from the slow cooker, and carefully (using an oven mitt or dry towel) remove the baking dish holding the meatloaf. Over a large bowl, slowly tilt the meatloaf to remove the fat that has pooled in the bottom of the dish. Pour the sauce over the meatloaf.
Return to the slow cooker, replace the lid and cook 1 more hour. Remove the meatloaf from the slow cooker, and cool slightly before serving.


Serving Size: Makes 8 slices, 2 slices per serving. (About 4 ounces per serving)






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  • 38 of 38 people found this review helpful
    I make a 4 lb meatloaf in the large crock-pot by mixing all ingredients then put it in the sprayed crock, then I divide the meat down the middle so it will cook all the way through. I then have 2 large meatloafs - 1 for now and 1 to freeze for later.
    This works well in 4 hours on high. Turkey too! - 11/26/12

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  • 22 of 23 people found this review helpful
    I've never used the shaped pan nor water bath method, and get fantastic meatloafs out of the slow cooker. You merely need to spray the bottom of the slow cooker with non-stick spray and place the loaf shaped meat into the slow cooker. If the loaf is reasonably firm, it will retain sufficient shape. - 11/26/12

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  • Very Good
    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
    To everyone who is confused about the recipe. You need to read the instructions again.The bread is part of the recipe. It gets soaked in the eggs and then mixed into the meat.
    Put your meatloaf mixture into a loaf pan
    Put water inside your slow cooker
    Put the loafPAN in the slow cooker
    Cook
    - 1/29/13

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  • 14 of 14 people found this review helpful
    Very interesting recipe. When I make meatloaf I use oatmeal (old-fashioned steel cut) in place of bread or soda crackers. Gives it more protein and less carbs. I haven't done one in the crock-pot (slow-cooker) before, but sounds like a great plan for a busy day. Will definitely be trying it out. - 3/11/13

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  • Very Good
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Very good. I added finely chopped broccoli and carrots for extra nutrition, as well as basil and garlic. Will make again. - 2/26/13

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  • 9 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I LOVE the idea of putting the dish into water in the slow cooker - so easy to clean up ! - 11/26/12

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Very simple.. Meat loaf goes in a pan that will fit in your crock pot. The water goes in the bottom of the crock pot.
    The bread is soaked mixed with meat placed in pan to fit crock pot.
    - 11/26/12

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  • 9 of 10 people found this review helpful
    MSUEQUILTS--read the first paragraph of the instructions about the bread--it says soak it in the egg mixture. For those who don't get what the liner is--most slow cookers have a removable insert where you cook everything. You set a dish w/the meatloaf inside & put water around it. Hope that helps - 11/26/12

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  • O.K.
    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
    I don't like to make meatloaf in a pan because it sits in the grease. I bake my meatloaf on my broiler pan, so the grease drips down into the foil-lined bottom. It always comes out with a nice crust. I don't make sauce, because I like it with brown gravy instead. - 1/26/13

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  • Very Good
    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I like to change it up a bit and with just the change in herbs. Sometimes I add dill, another time I may add garlic and another hickory smoke. This is a good basic recipe - 11/26/12

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  • 4 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Humm, do you need a special slow cooker for this, or can you do this water-bath trick with all of them? I wonder if I have a pan that would fit... - 11/26/12

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I make portion controlled meat loaves in my Cooker 4 hours, No water added. Onion cooked and added . I use my pressure cooker trivet sprayed. Any fat goes below the loaves have less sat fats. 4 loaves, lean meat even pork minced Its almost exactly the recipe I use and there is juice too - 2/21/13

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I try all kinds of meatloaf recipes, but I never did one in a water bath until tonight. DH and I both enjoyed it. Not only does it taste good, but there is no cleanup to speak of and the consistency is good for sandwiches tomorrow. It was hard lifting the hot pan out of the crock pot. - 3/2/14

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  • Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I've made this. I couldn't tell the advantage of the water bath. And I didn't get much of a crust, though the loaf was cooked to an internal temp of 165. The loaf tasted fine. Will try again, but still not sure about the technique. - 3/11/13

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This recipe is delicious. My expert on meatloaf really enjoyed it. - 2/2/13

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  • 2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I think I would have to use a loaf pan to fit into my slow cooker, it is oval in shape.
    - 11/26/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    We love meat loaf but I like to add a large tablespoon of minced garlic also and some green bell pepper I also use about 1/2lbof ground pork sausage to the hamburger,I don't use a water bath but it is a good idea,good recipe !!I cook mine in the oven ! - 3/11/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very similar to my oven recipe. Thanks for the convenience of the slow cooker. - 3/11/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love meat loaf. I think I will make one this week. - 3/11/13

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I don't mean to sound rude, but I don't think an 8" pan would even fit in my crock pot. I have an oblong crock pot. But when I envision, say a 5qt. round crockpot I can't even imagine that an 8" square pan would fit into it. I'm not sure that the water bath is needed though. - 3/11/13

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Interesting; worth a try. - 2/21/13

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  • 1 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I wouldn't mind trying it if it made sense. - 11/26/12

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  • 1 of 23 people found this review helpful
    Maybe a better picture of the meatloaf? This looks YUK! - 11/26/12

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  • Good
    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
    yo lo preparo sin azucar - 11/26/12

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  • Using raw ground meat in a slow cooker is very unsafe! The temperatures do not become high enough FAST enough to prevent dangerous bacteria growth or toxin production. Please enjoy carefully, and definitely do not cook it this way if you're pregnant. - 5/30/14

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  • It was very good and pretty easy to do. It was moist but mine didn't get a crust on it. - 3/1/14

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  • I used Oatmeal instead of bread, but left all other ingredients the same. Delicious!!! - 2/24/14

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  • Making this today. I used a foil loaf pan which folded a bit in my oval cooker, but I think will work perfectly. We like a little extra *kick*, so I added a few dashes of Tabasco and some basil, plus a bit of extra onion. I'm on a no-sugar challenge, so will be making the sauce with honey. Thanks! - 2/24/14

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  • Made this per the directions, and it was pretty good! I added was a tiny bit of hot sauce to the sauce, which gave it a hint of a kick. It was perfectly moist, and had good flavor, but next time I'll probably add some garlic and some other veggies; just a little plain as-is. Will make again, though. - 2/2/14

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  • This meatloaf was excellent. I would not change a thing. - 10/16/13

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  • I am going to try this one. - 9/17/13

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  • I didn't have a pan that would fit in the crock pot, so I put the meatloaf in the bottom, and then put my potatoes on top and it turned out great! I liked this idea because it is 92 degrees here and I didn't want to run the oven for an hour. - 9/7/13

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Good and easy! - 3/11/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Guys, you seem to be all having some sort of special cooker...? I would like to try this recipe, but I just have a hot-air oven. Any idea what "Set on low" could be translated into for the oven? - 3/11/13

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  • much easier is just use the liners you can buy for slow cookers. i use them for everything. when done i just pick the liner and all up and sit it in a bowl. double no clean up - 2/20/13

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    wow - 2/15/13

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    mom - 2/5/13

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  • Very confusing about the liner - I buy plastic crock pot liners -made like "cooking bags" - and put into the crock. That might work also - water on the outside. - 2/5/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds promising. Thanks. - 2/2/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This sounds like something I'd like to try - 2/1/13

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  • very easy, we loved it. will be making it again - 1/18/13

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  • lindalong520: I'm guessing that's the bread...
    I like to put instant rice in mine instead of bread or crackers. If you've ever had cabbage rolls, they prob. had a meat mixture in them containing rice (used as a binder).My mom made her meatloaf this way & it's really good. Better than gooey bread im - 1/14/13

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  • slow cooker meatloaf is great. it stays moist even using extra lean beef. i used a meat thermometer since my slow cooker runs very hot and only took about 3.5 hours on low in my slow cooker. needs to be 160 degrees if you choose to use the thermometer. - 1/3/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    save - 1/1/13

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This seems really easy to make - 11/27/12

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I don't mind meatloaf but why does everyone put tomato soup on it?? - 11/26/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I wonder if this would work if you put the loaf in a slow-cooker liner instead of a pan and then put the water around the liner? - 11/26/12

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    wow...i always wondered how they make a meat loaf in the slow cooker... - 11/26/12

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Looks like a tasty recipe! I will try it and substitute Ground Turkey or Turkey sausage for ground beef (MRSLAURA LEE has noted). - 11/26/12

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  • 0 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I'm confused. The recipe says add water to the slow cooker, but the tip talks about soaked bread. Do I put a bread liner in the crock pot and then the water? The recipe says nothing about that. - 11/26/12

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  • 0 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I too and confused as to were to put the water and the liner? Do you spray the dish, put the water in, then the liner, then the meat into the liner? Sounds good, but it seems there are some steps that are missing here for us that have not made this before. - 11/26/12

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  • 0 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I'm sorry but the photo looks gross. What's with the white areas in the "meat"? - 11/26/12

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  • 0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    gonna give it a try ... sounds good
    - 11/26/12

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