With the weather on the cooler side and not quite where the temperatures were last week, I have resorted to using my trusty crockpot A LOT. I love how easy it is - dump in ingredients and ignore for several hours (after turning it on first). I love it. I thought I would try a meatloaf in the crockpot. Though I was a little leery at first to try such a feat, it turned out awe-mazingly well. I served this with homemade bread, corn and scalloped potatoes.
Comfort Meat Loaf
adapted from: Fix It & Forget It Recipes For Entertaining
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
2/3 cup bread crumbs (I used leftover Italian Herb Bread Crumbs)
2 T onion, diced
1 t salt
1 T minced garlic
1 1/2 pound ground beef
2 cups brown gravy
3/4 cup diced mushrooms
Combine everything except for gravy and mushrooms. Place in well-greased crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 5.5 hours. Then put in diced mushrooms and gravy. Cook on high for about 1 hour.
The scalloped potatoes were to die for also.
Tyler Florence's Scalloped Potato Gratin
adapted from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/scalloped-potato-gratin-recipe/index.html
1 1/2 cups heavy (whipping) cream
2 -3 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
2 pounds (about 7) Yukon Gold / Yellow Potatoes, peeled and sliced thin (I used my mandoline)
1 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan (NOT the stuff in the green jars)
Place cream and garlic in a small saucepan - heat on low with you peel and slice potatoes . Grease a 9x13 pan well. Preheat oven to 375. Layer part of potatoes in pan (overlap slightly). Pour on a little cream; sprinkle with Parmesan. Repeat until all ingredients are gone (about 3-4 times total.) Bake for about 45 minutes. Turn heat up to 425 just to brown the top (if not browned already) for about 10-15 minutes.