Have you ever baked potatoes in your Crock Pot? Why would you? I can think of several reasons. On this particular day I was going to be gone all afternoon and when I got home I put some meat on the grill for supper. I wanted the potatoes done at the same time. The outside temperatures have been 90 degrees and 90% humidity and so turning on my oven wasn’t appealing.
Upon arriving home from a lengthy vacation this summer this casserole and fresh homemade bread awaited us! Our friends John and Maribeth came to the airport to collect my sous chef dish-washing mother, my Chief Traveling Buddy and I. That in itself was a lovely gesture on their part because we live about 1 1/2 hours from the airport! Oh, but what a surprise when we arrived home and Maribeth had our first meal already prepared and waiting for us.
Maribeth is a very good cook and I often ask her for recipes after eating in their home. This was no exception. I’ve never made this type of casserole and to say we flipped over it would be a bit of an understatement.
When our friends Kathy and Len came for dinner and a movie at our house they brought with them a six-pack of root beer. After a fun evening of food, laughter, movie and dessert they left a couple of bottles of remaining root beer. Those bottles sat in my refrigerator for a while and on a whim I started looking up recipes to make with root beer.
It is a funny thing about good intentions. I have good intentions to blog more than I do. I have good intentions to share many thoughts that race around my head each day. But the sorry truth is that I may have the intention to undertake good actions but fail to take action. Does this sound familiar at all?
For the better part of September my sous-chef dish-washing mom, Chief Culinary Consultant and I were traveling. We went on a fabulous cruise that took us up the Alaskan coast, across the Bering Sea to Russia with a final destination in Tokyo, Japan! For weeks before our trip I double blogged posts so that you, my dear reader, would not be without scriptures and new recipes throughout September.
But then a strange thing happened. I came home, got the flu and all my blogging good intentions went right out the window! Now, after a good recovery from the flu, jet lag and a zillion loads of laundry, we are on the downhill side of October and I am wondering how I got here. I hope you will forgive my good intentions with bad follow through!
When my niece Crystal began nursing school this fall she asked me for crock-pot recipes to help her get through the week between long days of nursing, tons of homework, and feeding a hungry family of 5 each evening!
This summer my daughter-in-law Joddie told me that when she makes meatloaf she always cooks it in the crock-pot. Whaaat? I had never even thought about making meatloaf in the crock-pot. Would my favorite meat loaf recipe work in a crock-pot?
The answer is … heck yes!
I dare to say any meatloaf recipe will work cooking it this way, but I think all meatloaf is better with a tasty topping. I used 2 pounds of hamburger but my crock-pot would have held double that amount. I cooked on high for 3 hours because I started it after 2 p.m. If you have more time, you can cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. My crock-pot runs hot even on low and so you should adjust according to your cooker.
In the absence of time (2 minutes) it takes to mix up this topping, using a bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce works well too!
Have a tasty week!
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
1 John 3:18