“Regular Day” Turkey Meatloaf

I know, I have a lot of nerve posting a turkey recipe after all those leftovers! But, I didn’t cook dinner this year, so my family is not overloaded on ‘turkey casserole’, ‘turkey pot pie’ or some kind of ‘crockpot turkey “surprise” (there’s got to be a million of ’em….).

Therefore…it was just a “regular” day, so I decided to make Turkey Meatloaf. It’s so yummy that at this point we’re pretty much done with regular meatloaf–plus the ground turkey has at least 1/3 less fat than beef (especially if you get ground turkey breast). As I said in an earlier post, because of the lower amount of fat there’s less moisture and less flavor in ground turkey. If not seasoned properly, yes, it can taste pretty bland. But we’re not gonna let that happen! Here’s a recipe for a winning Turkey Meatloaf.

Being that it is around a certain time of year…I had a can of cranberry sauce leftover and combined it (1/2 and 1/2) with barbeque sauce for a yummy sauce. Serve it with roasted sweet potatoes (nothin’ on ’em, just roast them) and steamed broccoli for a crazy-good-for-you meal. Feel free to double this up for your family…this is a fairly small recipe.

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  • 1-1/4  lbs. Ground Turkey (look for packages that say turkey “breast” for the lowest fat)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 C bread crumbs
  • salt, pepper
  • garlic powder
  • 1 teasp. Herbs de Provence*

*OK, fancy schmancy I know. Not really. It’s a very common mixture of herbs that you should be able to find in the spice aisle. It’s really nice with any kind of poultry, or light fish, I even use it in a sausage soup that I make. Worth buying and playing with.

Preheat the oven to 375°. (this is a good time to wash and slice your sweet potatoes if you’re doin’ them, throw them in a roasting dish with a splash of water, cover with foil and get them in to start roasting)

In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Once they’re mixed, I have this little trick to help it hold together well. Lift up the whole amount of ground turkey mixture in your hand and slam it down back into the bowl. Yes…I said “slam”! Trust me, it works. Pick it up and do it a couple of more times. It’s great for getting the day’s frustrations out, but also for removing air bubbles that will make your meatloaf fall apart when you’re slicing it later!

Make a nice “meatloaf-y” shape out of it and pop it in a baking dish (or; if your sweet potatoes are started, clear a good size space and put it in the same baking dish–brilliant!) Season the top with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake it for about 30 mins. depending on how thick you made it.

Now…take that leftover cranberry sauce, combine it in a saucepan with an equal amount of barbeque sauce (one with a little bit of kick is nice). Simmer and stir until it’s all combined and yummy (5 mins.). Pull out your meatloaf about halfway through and brush some of this one, keeping the rest at a low simmer to use as a sauce when it’s served.

YUM! I hope this changes your opinion about that age-old standby “meatloaf”! In our house, we’ve decided the turkey is an awesome improvement and really brings out the flavor of the seasonings. Enjoy…

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