Wait! Did I just say air fryer in the title? Didn’t I mean Instant Pot? Nope, you read that correctly. This is 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 point 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 and I haven’t used my oven since Thanksgiving and before then it had been months. Who needs an oven anymore, anyway?
Meatloaf Like My Grandmother Make
As many times in my life that I have made meatloaf I am going to say that this one tasted the closest to my grandmother’s 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, and then 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 that 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.
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. Our Insta-pan fit perfectly inside. That little pan can do some amazing things! Just sayin’.
The Insta-cover fits as well, I am pleasantly surprised how nicely it fits on the Air Fryer 3.7.
Red Potato Chips
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 air fryer 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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