Slow Cooker Gluten-Free Meatloaf

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I was a little reluctant to post this recipe.   I mean, seriously,  It is really hard  to make meatloaf look pretty in a photo.  Especially this meatloaf.   This meatloaf is made in a slow cooker.  This meatloaf is so moist, that it might actually fall-apart just a little bit.   I was happy to be able to get this onto a plate without it falling apart.

But do you know what?  It is just incredible.  Yes.  I just referred to meatloaf as incredible.  I know.

When I was a kid, my mom made really good meatloaf.  I always looked forward to it.  I especially looked forward to bringing a meatloaf sandwich with me to school for lunch.

I also wanted to make this meatloaf gluten-free.  My family eats gluten.  I have quite a few family members and friends who eat gluten-free, and I wanted to make a recipe I would be able to share with them.

I love my casserole slow cooker.  I used it to make this meatloaf.  You don’t need a casserole slow cooker though.  Any old crock pot will work perfectly.

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I used oatmeal as the filler for this meatloaf.  If you have a gluten intolerance, you may want to make sure that you get gluten-free oats.

This recipe makes one meatloaf.  I was really hoping for leftover meatloaf when I made this, but my kids literally devoured it.   There was just a little bit for my husband to bring to work the next day.   Next time I will have to make two.

Gluten-Free Crock Pot Meatloaf

Ingredients 

2 lbs of ground beef

1 cup of oatmeal- gluten-free oats if needed

2 eggs

1/2 cup of milk

1/2 small onion- chopped

2 celery stalks- chopped

1-2 garlic cloves- minced

3/4 cup of parmesan cheese

2 -3 tablespoons of ketchup

salt and pepper

Meatloaf Topping

1/2 ketchup

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

1-2 teaspoons of yellow mustard

2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce

Method:  Mix all of the meatloaf ingredients together in a bowl. and form them into a loaf in a slow cooker.  Mix the topping and spread the topping over the top of the meatloaf. cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.  remove from crock pot and enjoy.

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I had gone 10 years without ever attempting a meatloaf.   Everyone  has their own meatloaf recipe that they love.  I think it is the parmesan cheese and cooking this in a slow cooker that makes a huge difference in this flavor.

I can’t wait to make this again!  it is so satisfying when my kids eat all their food!