Friday, 7 February 2014

Slow Cooker Meat Loaf

We wanted to see if a meat loaf could be made in the slow cooker.  Deciding to have a go with things we had in the house, we made use of a pack of sausagemeat (ours was from Marks and Spencer because it was gluten free), an egg, a tablespoon of gluten free Worcestershire sauce, some unsmoked streaky bacon, one chopped red onion and half a red pepper, also chopped.

Whilst the slow cooker was switched onto HIGH, to warm through, the egg and Worcestershire Sauce was mixed together.
This egg mix was then added to the sausagemeat, peppers and onions.
The meat mix was then combined thoroughly - we used a fork, but by hand would be best.
Once the slow cooker had warmed through (this took ours about 10 minutes) the crock was lined with half of the bacon rashers to form a base layer.
On top of the bacon layer, we placed the sausagemeat mix and patted it down, before layering the remaining bacon rashers on the top.

The slow cooker was left on high for about an hour, then turned to low (ours only has 2 settings) and left for about 5 hours.  At this point, we carefully turned it out of the crock and placed it on a baking sheet leaving behind the cooking juices.

It was then placed under a hot grill.....

... and this is what it looked like after about 5 minutes crisping up.
We sliced the meat loaf and served it with mixed root mash and peas.

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