Turkey Meatloaf

I never really got homesick growing up.  Not even once during college.  Sure, I would miss my family, but I never had that longing that you get when you’re away, and all you can think about is booking it back to your parents’ house.  I never really experienced that until I moved to Boston a couple of years ago.  Crazy, right?  I am not exactly young, I have a very full job, and Boston is the most amazing place I’ve ever lived… yet, home was always on my mind.

I’m sure it was because I moved here without knowing anyone, and I was lonely as all get-out, but I honestly think a big part of that was missing my mom’s good ole homestyle meals.  Sure, I can cook for myself, but do I want to make a full-blown meal for one?  Not really.

Now that I’ve been around for while and have established some friendships, I have some amazing people to cook for.  Every now and again, I still feel the pangs of homesickness creep in and yearn for one of Mom’s dishes– except this time, I can fill my own home (or there’s) with aromas of my mother’s kitchen.  A great example was this past weekend:  I had a hankering for Mom’s meatloaf (funny story about that, but that’s for another time… I’m feeling sentimental here!), and some potatoes, so I was able to take over someone else’s kitchen, and bake up a turkey meatloaf (which I’ve never done before).  The verdict?  IMO, way better than beef!  Enjoy. 🙂


Materials:

  • large bowl
  • small bowl
  • spatula
  • baking sheet (I recommend to line it with foil)
  • measuring cup and spoons
  • cooking spray

Ingredients:

For the Meat:

  • 1-lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c bread crumbs
  • 1 T garlic (minced or powder)
  • 1/4 c Parmesan cheese
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Glaze:

  • 1/3 c ketchup
  • 2 T brown sugar or honey
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray your baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all ingredients for your meat in a large bowl until just combined.  FullSizeRender (23)
  3. Pour meat onto baking sheet, and shape into a loaf (think of a slightly flattened half-football). FullSizeRender (21)
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, in a small bowl, combine your glaze ingredients until well combined.FullSizeRender (20)
  6. After 10 minutes, carefully remove your meatloaf from the oven, and evenly distribute your glaze onto the top and sides of the meat. FullSizeRender (19) It’s okay if some of it slips off.  It happens.
  7. Bake for another 45 minutes, or until cooked through and no longer pink inside.  FullSizeRender (18)
  8. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly, and slice.FullSizeRender (22)
  9. Enjoy!FullSizeRender (17)

Turkey Meatloaf

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 60 min
  • Difficulty: medium
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Materials:

  • large bowl
  • small bowl
  • spatula
  • baking sheet (I recommend to line it with foil)
  • measuring cup and spoons
  • cooking spray

Ingredients:

For the Meat:

  • 1-lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c bread crumbs
  • 1 T garlic (minced or powder)
  • 1/4 c Parmesan cheese
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Glaze:

  • 1/3 c ketchup
  • 2 T brown sugar or honey
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray your baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all ingredients for your meat in a large bowl until just combined.
  3. Pour meat onto baking sheet, and shape into a loaf (think of a slightly flattened half-football).
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, in a small bowl, combine your glaze ingredients until well combined.
  6. After 10 minutes, carefully remove your meatloaf from the oven, and evenly distribute your glaze onto the top and sides of the meat.  It’s okay if some of it slips off.  It happens.
  7. Bake for another 45 minutes, or until cooked through and no longer pink inside.
  8. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly, and slice.
  9. Enjoy!

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