Diner-Style Meat Loaf With Gravy

READY IN: 8hrs




  • Sauce: heat the butter and oil in a large skillet over med-high heat.
  • Add the onions and thyme and sauté until the onions begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms and sauté until they begin to color and the liquid in the pan evaporates.
  • Transfer the contents of the skillet to the insert of a 5- to 7-quart slow cooker.
  • Whisk the flour and ¼ cup broth together in a large bowl.
  • Add the remaining broth and the soy sauce to the slurry and whisk until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into the cooker.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH while you prepare the meat loaf.
  • Meat Loaf: heat the oil in a small skillet over med-high heat.
  • Add the onion, bell pepper, and sage and sauté until the vegetables are softened, about 3 minutes.
  • Cool the mixture and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients.
  • With clean hands or a large wooden spoon, mix together until well combined, being careful not to compact the mixture.
  • Pat the meat into a loaf shape 6 inches long, 3 inches wide, and 2-3 inches tall.
  • Set the loaf on top of the sauce in the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 1 hour.
  • Decrease heat to LOW and cook for 4-6 hours, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center reads 165 degrees.
  • Remove the loaf from the cooker using two long, wide spatulas.
  • Cover with foil and let rest 15 minutes.
  • Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
  • Cut the loaf into ½ inch slices with a serrated knife and serve napped with some of the sauce.
  • Serve any remaining sauce on the side.