HELLO, from the other side (of meatloaf)
I must have tried you a thousand times
I think I found a good recipe now
For turkey meatloaf – giving a break to the cow
Okay a song writer I’m NOT! Sorry Adele for trying to adapt your lyrics. My point? Turning ground turkey into meatloaf is a bit of a challenge. It can be bland if not spiced up a bit. And taste also depends on the type of ground turkey you buy. Check out the different types and calorie counts at SlimKicker. Turkey should tame down the calories, but not lack in taste.
For that night you just want to do something simple, try this meatloaf for a quick and easy dinner.
The secret to good consistency in this turkey meatloaf is to thoroughly mix the ground turkey with the turkey sausage. I mean really blend the two turkeys.
My mother used to cover the meatloaf with a layer of ketchup before cooking. It makes for a nice presentation when it exits the oven, but I’m just not a big fan of ketchup to do that to mine. The turkey does make the meatloaf look a little anemic, but it doesn’t lack flavor with my bonus ingredient of turkey sausage.
Leftovers are great in a sandwich, or with pasta, or top with mashed potatoes for a pre-cooked shepherd’s pie.
Yields 8 servings
Loosely adopted from Quaker's Prize Winning Meat Loaf
- 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey and turkey sausage (ratio is about 2 turkey sausages, the rest ground turkey) or I use Italian pork sausage too sometimes to kick it up a notch
- 1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce
- 1 cup oats uncooked (quick or old-fashioned)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon "Enhance It" spice (found this in a spice shop in Arizona) Turkey can be bland and in my opinion does need a shot of spices - so if you don't have something like Emril's Essence or equivalent, add a combo of dried thyme, basil, and oregano or other spices of your liking
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Press lightly into loaf pan (8 X 4) or smaller individual loaf pans if desired.
- Optional: Pour a glass of wine to drink while dinner is in the oven.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until meat is no longer pink.
You’ll want to gobble up this meatloaf!
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