I make turkey meatballs a lot (Charlie loves them!) but never traditional meatloaf. I think it goes back to my childhood when I have vivid memories of eating my mother’s meatloaf—and hating every second of it. Coming down with the stomach flu after dinner one night did nothing to endear me to this dish and an aversion to meatloaf has stayed with me since then. But I had some ground turkey meat on hand last week and I didn’t have the ingredients for meatballs or tacos, so I decided to try making turkey meatloaf. It was a good effort, but the recipe I used called for 3/4 cup of ketchup, which overpowered the dish in my opinion. Johnny enjoyed it more than I did, so I figured he wouldn’t mind if I made a different version of turkey meatloaf this week.
This new recipe is from Health magazine and it’s a keeper! I made a few adjustments because I only had 1.25 pounds of ground turkey, but it’s a great recipe. Super flavorful and moist. It has more of a meatball texture, which I prefer, and only a little bit of ketchup, which keeps it from being too sweet. We ate this meatloaf with sweet potato tater tots and steamed spinach. A happy little meal, indeed!
Turkey Meatloaf (adapted from Health December 2006)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons ketchup, divided
1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
1 1/4 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 375°. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, broth, and 1 tablespoon ketchup; transfer mixture to a large bowl, and cool.
Add turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, egg white, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to mixture in bowl, and mix well. (Mixture will be very moist.)
Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and coat lightly with cooking spray. Form the turkey mixture into a loaf, and place on the pan. Brush meatloaf evenly with remaining 2 tablespoons ketchup. Bake 45 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into center registers 170°. Let meatloaf stand 5 minutes before serving.
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