How to make a meatloaf in the Air fryer
Wait! Did I just say Air fryer in the title? Didn’t I mean Instant Pot? Nope, you read that correct. How to make meatloaf in the Air fryer.
I don’t know what got into me this past year. I feel like I am a cheater. First I fell in love with Instant Pot, and just maybe found another love in my life. I don’t know how the Instant Pot is going to take this. I’ll just say there’s enough of me to go around:)
Seriously though ever since I have started back on the Weight Watchers program I am always cooking up something healthy and lean around here these days. I can’t even tell you the last time I had a big juicy cheeseburger. If I did, that would have been my points for about two days. I will have a cheat day though on occasion, I just haven’t gone for the burger.
I decided to gift myself the Air fryer to try it out. I haven’t used my oven since Thanksgiving and before that it was months. Who needs an oven anymore anyway?
As many times in my life that I have made meatloaf I am going to say that this one tasted the closest to my Grandmothers that I ever made. She truly made the best meatloaf. I think now I know what she did. She let the top get crispier. She used to add stewed tomatoes all the time on top. I did the same today but topped it with cheddar cheese. Oh my goodness was it good. This is NOT a weight watchers meatloaf btw. I only had a sliver though. This piece here was for my son. He said “Mom I really like this meatloaf” coming from him, my very critical son, I take that as a WIN!
He did also say the Air fryer is UGLY lol. He asked me what I was going to do to make it look nicer? That was pretty funny actually.
When I took it out of the Air Fryer I couldn’t believe my eyes. I took a fork to the top and the slightly crispy cheese just melted and oozed on top. It was super tasty. I don’t know about you, but you can bet I ate those crispy slightly burnt edged. Soo good. I suppose if you want to put the cheese on the last few minutes that would be fine as well. We liked it like this.
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Unbeknownst to me apparently some of my Home Pressure cooking accessories work with the Air fryer. I have the smallest one Philip Brand 3.7. My Insta-pan fit perfectly inside. That little pan can do some amazing things! Just sayin’.
After my meatloaf was cooked I removed it and threw in some home fries. I cut up red potatoes, added a tad of olive oil, seasoning and some balsamic vinegar.
I set the Air Fryer to 350 for 12 minutes. DELISH!~
Do test the potatoes as some were a little firmer than others. Add an additional minute or two if needed. Remember, I’m a newb at this AF gig.
Can I just say “WOW”? “WOW”! I haven’t had crispy food in so long this sure was a treat. Perhaps to some it’s no biggie but I literally have been cooking 99% of the time in the Instant Pot. You can’t get crisp in the Instant Pot. I won’t be a traitor, I promise. However, this really is a nice addition to the family. My husband just came home from work and he really enjoyed the loaf. He said it was a nice change and loved the texture. Another WIN.
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Here is my meatloaf recipe. I did not add the eggs to this recipe today.
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