What? Scottish Meatloaf? Why in the world would I want to make SCOTTISH meatloaf?!, you say. Well, it’s AMAZING. It’s easy to make, and it’s Gluten Free, which means I can have it! It may sound odd now, but Gluten Free Slow Cooker Scottish Meatloaf may just change your life, and it will certainly be one of your go-to crockpot favorites.
As you well know, I love anything tied to my beloved Scottish heritage or Scotland. In celebrating Robert Burns’ Birthday (aka Burns’ Night) I was looking for a dish idea to substitute for the all-important haggis.The haggis plays a huge part in a Burns’ Night dinner; since a REAL Haggis is hard to come by in America, and I wasn’t sure how well my kids would react to offal, I was looking for a dish that was authentic in Scottish flavor but wouldn’t involve me procuring and preparing sheep innards. Several versions of Scottish Meatloaf surfaced during my search and I formed my personal recipe through experimenting and combining elements of the recipes I liked the best. This spicy, flavorful recipe has become a staple in our home!
Begin by placing two pounds of ground beef (we also use ground deer meat because we have a lot of it in the deep freezer) in a mixing bowl. Add a full roll of pork sausage to the bowl as well. I personally love to use Jimmy Dean brand Maple Flavored Pork Sausage for this recipe because of the slight sweetness it adds to the layer of favors.
Add one egg, 1 cup of steel-cut gluten free oats, 1/2 tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, 1/4 tsp of ground cloves, 1/8 tsp of red pepper flakes. The red pepper flakes can be omitted, but I highly recommend trying it, because it brings the spicy heat that complements the other flavors.
This is my kids’ favorite part and my least-favorite part. Wash your hands really well then start mixing the ingredients with your hands in the bowl. Squish it until it’s a fairly uniform mixture, with no one ingredient completely concentrated in an area of it.
Lift the big meat mixture out of the bowl and place in the crockpot. Use your hands to shape the mixture into an oval-shaped loaf. Wash your hands then pour 1.5 cups of chicken stock into the crockpot.
Put the lid on the crockpot and cook on low for 6.5 hours or on high for 4 hours.
When it’s ready use two spatulas to pull the meatloaf out of the crockpot and place on a serving dish. Use one of the spatulas to cut slices of the Scottish meatloaf and place them on the serving plates. I paired it with macaroni and cheese and green beans here, but I actually recommend you cook sweet potatoes for a more authentically flavorful pairing! For dessert make my famous Gluten Free Chocolate Cake!
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