Cooktop Cove: How to make slow cooker stuffed meatloaf
Stuffed meatloaf is the comfort dish that keeps on giving. When done in the slow cooker, the meat becomes incredibly tender, with no fear of the meatloaf "dry-out", something that can happen to even the best of loaves when put into the oven. This recipe promises all of that and more, because when you cut into it, you'll find slightly melted ricotta cheese and sauteed spinach. Delicious!
There are a few ways you can choose to stuff your loaf. Because the mixture I use in the slow cooker is quite wet (the trick to making sure it doesn't dry out), I like to place half of the mixture into the slow cooker, flatten it slightly, then place the filling down the center, and then add the other half of the meat mixture. So easy, and everyone will wonder how you got all that deliciousness inside without breaking the loaf - or a sweat!
Pro tip: Try your favorite meatloaf recipe, flatten it out entirely on a piece of parchment paper with the filling on top, and then roll the stuffing up into it, using the parchment to help you shape the loaf as you roll. This will give you thin layers of the filling throughout the entire loaf!
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