Slow Cooker French Onion Meatloaf is an easy meatloaf to make and is full of flavor that it will be your new favorite meatloaf.
The one thing I never realized would be a perk of going to the gym on a regular basis is I actually come up with my best thoughts while I am on the treadmill. Used to be when I would have to do long drives, like to PA to see my parents, I would do some of my best thinking. Doing a long drive isn’t always happening but hitting the gym 3-4 times a week does.
What do I think about? Well, many things actually. I will think of recipe ideas to just how I can make myself better. It just depends on what is going on in my life at that moment. I guess exercising just makes my head clearer that I can think better.
I remember there was a scene in the movie “First Wives Club” Goldie Hawn is working out and the other two women, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton, were trying to figure something out, Bette said to Goldie why are you running on that thing? Goldie replies that she does her best thinking when she is exercising, that it help clear her head from all the booze. No, I don’t drink a lot of booze that I need exercise to think, but It does help clear your head. I can’t explain why it has to be the endorphins that get released from exercising I guess.
So maybe that scene in The First Wives Club did motivate me to do thinking while I am on the treadmill. I am not afraid to admit yes I do get inspired by movies and TV. I started food blogging many years ago because of the movie Julie and Julia.
Truthfully, it inspired me to do this, plus it, at that time was helping me get through coping with divorce and was the start of me finding Dee again. Don’t get me started about Grey’s Anatomy. All I can say is the commentary at the end of each episode that is said, always inspires me for something that is going on in my life.
I don’t know how, but it does and I had friends say the same thing about that show. You need advice, turn into Grey’s Anatomy. You be surprised how the end of the show will advise you in a way that you need.
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So the idea for this came, in a weird way. I was watching Netflicks, and I can not even tell you the movie because it was bad and unforgettable, a woman was making actually burgers and she was dunking them into old French Onion soup before she cooked them. Anyway, that sparked the idea for this meatloaf.
Growing up, my mom would make meatloaf in the slow cooker all the time. It cooks it slowly and the meatloaf, to me at least, gives a nice moisture to it that it isn’t dried out. On the weekends, I love having my slow cooker going. I can put something in it, go about doing other things as it cooks up the meal all day. I can not imagine not having my slow cooker.
Anyway, I had a thought of, what if you used Campbell’s French Onion Soup, put at the bottom of the crock pot, then placed the meatloaf on top of it, and let slow cook all day. The soup would be absorbed into the meat for the flavoring was my thought. I have to admit, I really do love meatloaf, but this was one of my best so far. The moist and full of flavor, plus it is so filling, it is hands down, wonderful.
- 1 lb ground chuck
- 1 envelope Lipton's onion soup mix
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1 10 3/4 oz can Campbell's French Onion Soup
- 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan
- In your slow cooker, pour the French Onion Soup on the bottom of it.
- In a bowl, add the ground chuck, Lipton soup mix, egg, and bread crumbs
- Mix everything together and shape into a loaf.
- Place the loaf on top of the French Onion Soup in the slow cooker
- Sprinkle on some the Parmesan, save the rest for garnish when you serve it.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker and let it cook on low for about 6-8 hours.
- Take the meatloaf out the slow cooker, spoon some the juices left in slow cooker over it, sprinkle on the remaining Parmesan, serve it up and ENJOY!