Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Turkey Meatloaf

I like that this meatloaf is made with ground turkey for two reasons: it is healthier and it is cheaper.

When my youngest daughter was about a year and a half, her low weight had us and her doctor a bit concerned. I made this meal about once a week during that time, since it is toddler friendly and packed with protein rather than empty calories. I make it less often now, but it is still a big hit with the kids and the husband too.

I often serve these Oven Roasted Potatoes as a side because they can be cooked in the same temperature oven for the same amount of time.

Turkey Meatloaf

1 yellow onion, chopped
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, minced (or 1/4 teaspoon dried)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup chicken stock (beef or vegetable will also work just fine)
1 teaspoon tomato paste

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey breast
1/2 cups plain dry bread crumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a saute pan over medium-low heat, cook the onions, olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme until translucent, but not browned, about 15 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste and mix well. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Combine the ground turkey, bread crumbs, eggs, and the cooled onion mixture in a large bowl. Mix well and then press the mixture into a loaf pan. Spread the ketchup evenly over the top. Bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold in a sandwich.

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  1. A comforting meal for fall...and anytime!

  2. That's funny, we had big issues with Peter's weight too (my oldest). He was tiny - still is - and was hardly gaining for his first year or two. This looks delicious, I may try it but for some reason my husband is a bit adverse to ground turkey, so I'll see if I can sneak it by him without him noticing.