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Turkey Meatloaf Two Ways — Beginner and Expert

All I've craved since the holidays are my favorite childhood comfort foods, but I'm trying to eat healthy, nutritious, wholesome foods. That's why turkey meatloaf is perfect for this month — it's the best of both worlds. Although meatloaf made with ground beef isn't horrible for you, these recipes, which call for lean, ground, all-breast turkey meat, are even better.

The first recipe, a low-maintenance standby, is perfect for the casual cook. If you want to take your American comfort food to another level, however, opt for the second recipe. It elevates meatloaf with a roasted red pepper sauce, as well as vegetables that are sautéed before they're mixed in for extra tenderness. See both versions when you

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Beginner Turkey Meatloaf

Beginner Turkey Meatloaf

Beginner Turkey Meatloaf

Ingredients

  1. 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  2. 1/2 cup skim milk
  3. 1 medium onion, peeled
  4. 2 pounds ground turkey breast
  5. 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  6. 2 eggs, beaten
  7. 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  8. 1/4 cup ketchup
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. Freshly ground black pepper
  11. 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the oats and milk.
  3. Thinly slice 1/4 of the onion and set aside. Finely chop the remaining onion.
  4. In a large bowl combine the turkey, oat mixture, chopped onion, bell pepper, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt and a few grinds of pepper. Mix just until well combined.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a 9 by 13-inch baking dish and shape into a loaf about 5 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches high. Pour the tomato sauce over the meatloaf and sprinkle with the sliced onions.
  6. Bake for about 1 hour or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160ºF.
  7. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

Makes 8 1-inch thick slices.

Expert Turkey Meatloaf

Expert Turkey Meatloaf

Expert Turkey Meatloaf

Ingredients

  1. Meatloaf:
  2. 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
  3. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  4. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  5. 1 medium carrot, cut into 1/8-inch dice
  6. 3/4 lb cremini mushrooms, trimmed and very finely chopped in a food processor
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  10. 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  11. 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon ketchup
  12. 1 cup fine fresh bread crumbs (from 2 slices firm white sandwich bread)
  13. 1/3 cup 1% milk
  14. 1 whole large egg, lightly beaten
  15. 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  16. 1 1/4 lb ground turkey (mix of dark and light meat)
  17. Special equipment: a meat thermometer or an instant-read thermometer
  18. Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:
  19. 1 small head garlic (2 inches in diameter)
  20. 1/2 lb plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  21. 1 large red bell pepper (1/2 lb)
  22. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  23. 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  24. 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar, or to taste

Directions

  1. Make roasted red pepper tomato sauce (can be made up to 1 day ahead): Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut off and discard top quarter of garlic head and wrap remainder in foil. Arrange tomatoes, cut sides up, in a foil-lined 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking pan and sprinkle lightly with salt. Add whole bell pepper and garlic (in foil) to pan and roast vegetables in middle of oven 1 hour.
  2. Transfer bell pepper to a bowl and cover bowl with plastic wrap, then let stand about 20 minutes. When cool enough to handle, peel pepper, discarding stem and seeds, and transfer to a food processor or blender along with tomatoes.
  3. Unwrap garlic and squeeze roasted cloves from skin into food processor. Add remaining ingredients and salt and pepper to taste, then purée sauce until smooth. Makes 3/4 cup.
  4. Make meatloaf: Preheat oven to 400°F. Cook onion and garlic in oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until onion is softened, about 2 minutes. Add carrot and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid mushrooms give off is evaporated and they are very tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, parsley, and 3 tablespoons ketchup, then transfer vegetables to a large bowl and cool.
  5. Stir together bread crumbs and milk in a small bowl and let stand 5 minutes. Stir in egg and egg white, then add to vegetables. Add turkey and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to vegetable mixture and mix well with your hands. (Mixture will be very moist.)
  6. Form into a 9- by 5-inch oval loaf in a lightly oiled 13- by 9- by 2-inch metal baking pan and brush meatloaf evenly with remaining 2 tablespoons ketchup. Bake in middle of oven until thermometer inserted into meatloaf registers 170°F, 50 to 55 minutes. Let meatloaf stand 5 minutes before serving.

Serves 6.

Nutritional Information: 1 serving meatloaf: 230 calories and 9 grams fat. Sauce: Each 2-tablespoon serving contains about 30 calories and 1 gram fat.

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verr0nica verr0nica 7 years
the second version is definitely better and not that "advanced" it just takes longer but its so delicious; i got lazy and didn't do the sauce, just topped with ketchup.
valancyjane valancyjane 7 years
I finally made the basic version last week. My husband liked it but I was just eh. It needed some more flavor, I thought. I did cut back on the red pepper (H thinks he doesn’t like red pepper so I only used a little bit, chopped very finely, so he wouldn’t know it was there) so maybe that was it? It was pretty easy, though, so I’ll keep this recipe around.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
If you want to add a few calories....stuff the center of the loaf with your favorite cheese and maybe some ham.When you slice it, it makes for a great presentation. After you have the loaf formed, make an indentation right down the middle to place the cheese. Then cover it back up. You could also add a little parsley.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Yum yum yum! I love meatloaf!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
This sounds delish!!
doogirl doogirl 7 years
You can also put your turkey meatloaf in a crockpot, it comes out a little darker in color, but it stays delicious and moist! I don't even bother with beef meatloaf anymore, my family is hooked on my turkey meatloaf!
Marci Marci 7 years
I make a turkey meatloaf once a week because it's so popular in my house. I keep it simpler with fewer ingredients than this recipe, although this sounds delicious. For our tastebuds, the key to cooking ground turkey is to do it slowly so it doesn't dry out. I do it for 30 minutes at 350 and then put it up to 400 for another 40 minutes or so, until it's golden brown on top.
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