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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Slow cooked stuffed meatloaf

Cottage cheese and veg stuffed meatloaf 


The girls love meatloaf, I try to find exciting flavours to add to it just to vary what I'm making. I spotted this one a group I follow on facebook and had to try it. I did tweak it a little though. The original recipe ask for ricotta and spinach, two things i just didn't have in the house. To save buying items for it i used cottage cheese and veg that i had in already.

Ingredients: 



  • 750g beef mince (i would usually buy lean and use a smaller pack)
  • Mushrooms
  • Red onion
  • Pepper
  • Bacon diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tub of cottage cheese (plain or flavoured) 
  • Garlic to taste
  • Seasoning to taste
If you have any other veggies you would like to use, add them. 

Method:

Step 1 - Prepare the stuffing. Chop up your pepper, onion, mushroom and bacon. Place in a bowl and season. Add garlic if you are using and add the cottage cheese. Mix thoroughly and leave to one side.  *If you wish you can precook it but as it is going in the slow cooker i did not feel the need to* 

Step 2 - Place your mince in a bowl and season. I used a little salt and pepper, some chipotle sauce mix and some dried mixed herbs. Add an egg and mix to bind together. 

Step 3 - Flatten out your mince and pour the stuffing mixture into the middle of the flattened mince. 

I flattened my mince onto foil to save time. 



Step 3 - Roll the mince around the stuffing mix and shape into a loaf.



Step 4 - Wrap foil around the loaf and place in the slow cooker. I added a little water and a couple of balls of foil to the bottom of the slow cooker. I do not think this is needed, its just how i was shown to cook meatloaf using this method.

If you want to you can cook this in the oven 


Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7-8 hours.

When done, remember the foil will be hot! Serve with chips or rice. Can be eaten hot or cold. I wouldn't recommend it for freezing as i find cottage cheese does not freeze well. It is personal choice though.

As i am doing slimming world this would have normally been free in syns for me. I did not use lean mince though. I piled my plate with syn free chips and lots of beans.

The whole meal cost around £3.80 for me to make as i only needed to buy the mince and the cottage cheese, i used the halfs of veg i had in the fridge and leftover bacon from the previous day. I was left with around a quarter of the loaf for lunch the next day after feeding 2 adults and 2 kids. 

Taste wise? It was delicious! I know i made it and am biased but i was really worried the cottage cheese would taste awful! Because it was slow cooked the cottage cheese set firmly in the middle and did not have its usual taste. Slow cooking brought out the veg and bacon making it juicy and full of flavour. It is now a very strong contender after my lasagne :D 

I would love to make this again with a different mix. What would you use as the stuffing?

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