In case you haven’t noticed, I do a lot of cooking in the summertime and that’s mainly because the kids are out of school and come to visit often. When I’m here alone, I can eat leftovers for days from the amount of food I make at one time. I’ve never quite learned how to cook for one.
I enjoy the comfort of an air conditioner and prefer to cook indoors when it’s too hot to get outdoors and grill. Getting in the kitchen, rolling up our sleeves, and putting on our aprons is one of the many ways I like to spend my time bonding with the grandkids. I’ve been teaching them how to cook since they were old enough to stand and we really enjoy getting in the kitchen together while preparing something delicious. I don’t like cleaning a big mess though and that’s why I now use parchment paper for everything I bake. I even use it in my crockpot as you’ll see below. It bakes my potatoes perfectly in the crockpot and keeps my meatloaf moist and delicious. What’s not to love?
I’m sure you came here for the crockpot meatloaf recipe, not to hear me ramble, so I won’t keep you waiting. Not having to turn on the oven for a hot meal is a treat in the summertime.
Crockpot Meatloaf Recipe
To get started, gather the following;
- Parchment paper
Combine the following in a large bowl.
- Family size ground beef.
- 2 cups baby carrots, chop in a food processor.
- 1 vine ripe tomato, chop in a food processor.
- 1/4 large Jalapeno pepper, seeded, chop in a food processor.
- 2 T parsley.
- 1 t salt.
- 1/2 t pepper.
- 1 T Johnny’s garlic seasoning.
- 1 egg, mix in a food processor.
- 1/3 cup tomato ketchup.
- 1/3 cup Italian dressing.
- After mixing all of the above ingredients together (I use my hands), pat it all down in your crockpot, and cover with EasyRoll Parchment Paper,
- Next, wash some Idaho baking potatoes and add them to the crockpot.
- Cook on low until done or if you’re in a hurry, bump up the heat.
When your potatoes are ready, slice across the top (not all the way through, and add melted butter with a dash of Johnny’s garlic seasoning or any other seasoning you prefer on your potatoes.
Do you use your crockpot to make meatloaf? If so, I’d love to hear how you make yours in the below comments.