Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Turkey Meatloaf

My kids have never been meatloaf fans but it was a staple growing up in my house and one of those dishes that I consider "comfort food". We use ground turkey instead of beef so the trick is to find away to keep the meatloaf moist. I used Rachel Ray's recipe to start with but made some changes to suit my family's taste. It worked. This was a big hit with my kids. There was barely any left over. I served it with a cucumber tomato salad and baked potatoes. Just thought I'd share!

Turkey Meatloaf
5 large mushrooms
1 medium carrot
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbl. olive oil
1 lb. ground turkey (white meat)
1 lb. ground turkey (dark meat)
1/2 to 1 C. bread crumbs
2 large eggs
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 Tbl. Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbl. ketchup
8 strips bacon

1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Place the mushrooms, carrot, onion and garlic in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is finely chopped. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped vegetables and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. 2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the vegetables, turkey, bread crumbs, eggs, salts, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup and mix well. Place the meat mixture in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and, using your hands, form it into a loaf. Cover the loaf with the bacon strips. Bake the meat loaf, uncovered, until cooked through, about 1 hour.
3. Pour off the melted fat, slice the meat loaf and serve.


  1. Oooh, perfect timing - we were planning on meatloaf later this week. I love your new look - I haven't clicked over this past week.

  2. That meatloaf looks beautiful! I've been reading your blog for a while and I always find something very enjoyable and entertaining.

    I have tagged you for a fun meme at my blog. Hope you will participate!

  3. We loved turkey meatloaf so much that we are kind of on hiatus from it for a while!!! I look forward to trying this one sometime--maybe a little variation will revive the tradition! Two of my favorite meatloaf recipes (we use turkey for both, even though the original recipes don't call for it...) are Alton Brown's meatloaf recipe (excellent!) and the Collucci brothers' recipe (featured on a Showdown with Bobby Flay). Hmmm, can you tell we are also FoodNetwork Fans!?!

  4. Oh, wow, YUM! Printing this one, for sure!


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