Slow Cooker Meatloaf Hobo Dinners

I'm a sucker for anything quick and easy in the kitchen. So putting together a meatloaf and potato packet for the slow cooker seemed like a no-brainer to me.

If you've made hobo dinners over a campfire or on the grill, you'll understand the concept immediately. All you're doing is transferring all of the ingredients into the low cooker and letting it do its work.

And because it only takes five hours to cook, you can turn it on when you get up Sunday morning and it will be ready when you get home from church! Fabulous!

1 lb 80/20 ground beef (or turkey or sausage)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup ketchup
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp onion powder
15 butter crackers (not just soup crackers, but the ones you use for dip or entertaining)
4 red potatoes, sliced
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp onion powder
3 Tbsp melted butter

1. Spray the inside of a large slow cooker with nonstick spray. You don't need much because the juices from the meat will help. Turn it to low.

2. In a large bowl, combine beef, eggs, ketchup, salt, pepper, onion powder and crackers. Use your hands to get it all worked together.

3. Mold the meat into a loaf and place in one half of the cooker. Try to keep it from touching the edges, so there's less chance of it sticking and falling apart.

4. In a separate bowl, add the sliced potatoes, salt, pepper and onion powder, coating thoroughly.

5. Pull a piece of aluminum foil and pile on the seasoned potatoes. Mold the foil around the potatoes to make a bowl and place it in the other half of the cooker. Drizzle the melted butter over the top of the potatoes.

6. Cover. Cook on low for five hours without removing the lid.

7. When cooking is complete, top with cheese, ketchup or other condiments before serving.


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