Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Monday, October 8, 2012


I love meatloaf and I love mushrooms so I was immediately drawn to this recipe and I thought some of you might like to have it, too.  I won't touch poultry so I will make mine all beef but I'm sure most of you will enjoy it just as listed.

Slow-Cooker Meat Loaf with Shiitake Mushrooms
Photography: Photography: Karry Hosford;

Because no evaporation takes place, the crockpot makes an especially moist and tender meat loaf. The mushrooms add moisture as well.
Servings:6 servings (serving size: 4 ounces) Prep Time:n/a Cook Time:n/a

Nutritional Info


  • 2 (1-ounce) slices whole wheat bread
  • 3/4 pound ground round
  • 3/4 pound ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
Amount Per Serving
  • mono fat:5.1 g
  • saturated fat:4.2 g
  • fiber:1.9 g
  • sodium:545 mg
  • iron:3 mg
  • calories:265
  • protein:25.2 g
  • calcium:41 mg
  • poly fat:1.7 g
  • carbohydrate:12.7 g
  • cholesterol:152 mg
  • calories from fat:43 %
  • fat:12.7 g


    Place bread in a food processor, and pulse 10 times or until crumbs measure 1 1/3 cups. Combine the crumbs, beef, and next 7 ingredients (beef through garlic) in a large bowl, and shape meat mixture into a 9 x 6-inch loaf. Place loaf in an electric slow cooker.
    Combine ketchup, mustard, and pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a fork. Spread ketchup mixture evenly over top of loaf. Cover with lid; cook on LOW for 5 hours.

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