Turkey Meatloaf: Recipe Sunday

We’ve been trying to cut down on red meat over here, but meatloaf remains one of my wife and my favorite meals. Many people in this situation, would just use their same meatloaf recipe, but switch to ground chicken or ground turkey. There is just one problem with that. Red meat has more flavor. Both are simple facts of life from it’s higher fat content. So using a meatloaf recipe designed for ground beef will leave you with a bland meatloaf. A new recipe is needed. This is that recipe.

To give it more flavor, I added carrots. My first shot at this, I just added raw carrot. It came out a little crunchy for my taste. So I sauteed the carrots instead. And since I was already sauteing, I sauteed the onion as well. I’ve been making this recipe for a couple months now, but I’d say I finally perfected it last night.

Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 carrots shredded
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 lb ground turkey (or use ground chicken)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ c. bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp adobo seasoning (or use ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper, ¼ tsp garlic powder)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Peel & shred carrot and dice onion.
  3. In small skillet, melt butter. Saute vegetables over medium heat until soft and begin to brown. Remove from heat.Suateed Carrots and Onions for Turkey Meatloaf
  4. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl.
  5. In a baking dish, shape mixture into a loaf shape.
  6. Bake 30-45 minutes until center is thoroughly cooked.

Suateed Carrots and Onions for Turkey Meatloaf

Link Round-up: SuperBowl Edition

In Other News – Eat, Live, Run. Since today is World Nutella Day, this is an homage to the nut butter.
Twice Baked Potatoes with Cheddar and Bacon - a great SuperBowl treat

Why New Dietary Guidelines Can’t Solve the Obesity Crisis – Civil Eats

Not Any Old Salad – Peanut Butter Fingers. A salad with brussel sprouts! Since brussel sprouts are my favorite vegetable that most people make a face at, I’m definitely trying this one.

Sweat Potato Chili - We Are Not Martha. Another sweet potato recipe. Never knew so much could be done with the sweet spud!

Fight Rising Prices by Building Your Own Food Bank – Get Rich Slowly. Buying bulk and on sale and storing it for when there are higher prices is one of the best ways to save money.

Ask the Internet: Meat Ideas for an Ex-Vegetarian – Cheap, Healthy Good.  Since meat can be daunting to cook to those who don’t do so regularly, newer cooks will get a lot of helpful suggestions here.

Fancy a Frittata? – Tuesday Test Kitchen. Great way to use up vegetables that need to get used.

Soft Pretzels – Little Bitty Bites.  Make your own pretzels, just in time for the SuperBowl.

Baked Potato Nachos + 25 SuperBowl Recipes – How Sweet It Is. Great SuperBowl snacks inside here.

Recipe Sunday: Meatloaf

Sundays are made for two things, football and cooking. I know many people just pig out on snacks while watching the game, but why not make something tasty instead?  This week’s recipe is a simple dish that can be prepared during a commercial break and be ready by half-time.  Meatloaf is a versatile food. Eat it hot on Sunday and then make yourself a meatloaf sandwich for lunch on Monday.

Meatloaf
  • 3 lb ground beef
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 c. bread crumbs
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c. milk
  • 3 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Ketchup
  • *OPTIONAL* 2 Tbsp Ketchup
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix together all ingredients except optional ketchup.  If mixture seems moist, add more breadcrumbs.
  3. Shape into loaf & place in baking pan.
  4. Pour optional ketchup over top of meatloaf
  5. Bake for 1 hour.
Enjoy!


It has been pointed out to me that this is really a family sized meatloaf.  For something smaller, try cutting the entire recipe to 1/3 the current size. As in:

Meatloaf
 
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Recipe type: Main
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ⅓ of an envelope of onion soup mix (estimate, doesn’t have to be exact!)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper (I know that ¼ isn’t a third of 1, but your more likely to have a ¼ tsp than a ⅓ tsp)
  • ⅓ c. breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ c. milk
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • OPTIONAL** 1 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 c. milk
  • 3 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Ketchup
  • OPTIONAL* 2 Tbsp Ketchup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix together all ingredients except optional ketchup. If mixture seems moist, add more breadcrumbs.
  3. Shape into loaf & place in baking pan.
  4. Pour optional ketchup over top of meatloaf
  5. Bake for 1 hour.