When I was a kid, my mom went on a crazy healthfood kick. One night she made a turkey spinach meatloaf… and we were not so kind. We ate it, because we had to. And now as a mom, I realize how annoying it must have been to try something new and have us all act like it was toxic. That said, maybe that was actually a swing and a miss for her. I can tell you though, that THIS turkey meatloaf recipe will be a big hit. If it can please my husband AND both of my kids, I think it will work in your house too.
Turkey Meatloaf Recipe
You will need:
– 2 lbs. ground turkey
– 7 Tablespoons ketchup
– 2 eggs
– 1/2 cup chopped onion
– 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
– EVOO (just enough to drizzle in a pan)
– 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (I love the bag from Trader Joe’s)
– 1 teaspoon onion powder
– 1 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
– 1/2 teaspoon pepper
– 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1. Preheat the oven to 350*.
2. Saute onion and bell pepper in a pan with just a drizzle of EVOO until the onions turn translucent. Remove from heat to cool.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, 3 Tablespoons of ketchup (reserving the rest for later), eggs, spices, and breadcrumbs. Mix in the onions and peppers.
4. Transfer mixture to a dark nonstick loaf pan. I sprayed a quick coat of canola spray to make sure nothing would stick. Press the meat down so it is uniform across the top. Cover with the remaining 4 Tablespoons of ketchup.
5. Cook in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour. The internal temperature of your loaf should be *165. (OPTION – At the end I like to drain the little bit of juice/grease from the pan and then crank the heat up in the oven to *400 for about 10 minutes.)
Taking a pretty picture of meatloaf isn’t easy. That’s evident by the 20 pictures I have that I didn’t use… But here’s what it can turn out like. The important part is, it tastes great! My husband and both of our kids (4 years old and 1 year old) enjoyed it. I think you will too!