Meatloaf is one of America’s favorite comfort foods. What does comfort food mean to me? It means wonderful memories and food that makes me feel happy. My mom makes a meatloaf that she stuffs with onions, tomatoes and mushrooms, and then tops the loaf with tomato sauce. It is quite tasty and always evokes happy memories.
In recent years, my quest is to eat a bit healthier so I now typically use ground turkey to make my “meatloaf”. The variations of turkey loaf could wrap around the world. Okay, maybe that is exaggerating just a bit. The brilliant thing about ground turkey is that is a blank canvass waiting to be created into a masterpiece. Ingredients such as apples, onions, cranberries, chutney, red peppers, celery, sage, thyme or carrots could all be added to enhance the flavor of the ground turkey. The combinations are never-ending.
Turkey loaf is fantastic for a quick week night dinner and completely satisfying plus your entire family will love it. I like to make a double recipe, since the second day, the flavor is more amazing than the first.
Would love to hear about your turkey loaf recipes – leave me a comment!
Zesty Turkey Loaf
1 ¼ lb. Lean ground Turkey
1/3 C. Wishbone Italian dressing (robust Italian)
1/2 C. Barbecue sauce (Stubbs brand is wonderful)
½ C. Bread crumbs, plain
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 C. finely diced white onion
Salt and pepper - just to season
In a bowl combine all ingredients. Reserve ¼ c. of barbecue sauce for the top. Mix with your hands until combined. Press into a bread loaf pan. Bake in the oven at 350 for about one hour. About 30 minutes into the cooking time, spread ¼ cup of barbecue sauce over the top and cook for the remaining 30 minutes. Recipe can be doubled.