5 potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
2 pounds ground beef (lean if you wish)
1/2 pound hot Italian turkey sausage, or other lean sausage, casings removed
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups ketchup, divided
3/4 cup crushed butter-flavored crackers
2 eggs
2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard


1.  Line the base of the slow cooker with the potatoes, before combining the meats, onion, 3/4 cup ketchup, cracker crumbs, eggs and salt in a large bowl and mixing well.
2.  Form the mixture into a loaf shape and place on top of the potatoes.
3.  In the same bowl, mix together the brown sugar, mustard, and the remaining ketchup before spooning or brushing over the top of the meatloaf and cooking on low for 6 – 10 hours.
Serve the meatloaf in thick slices alongside those potatoes, which by now will have soaked up the delicious cooking juices.  Any remaining liquid can be used to make a quick sauce or gravy, by pouring into a small saucepan and whisking with  1/2 teaspoon cornstarch over a low heat for 4 – 6 minutes and serving with this fabulous dish.  Steamed baby carrots or broad beans would make a great seasonal accompaniment.  Best Meatloaf ever?  You took the words right out of my mouth.