My Daughter’s Turkey Meatloaf

We went to visit my daughter, (sleep over)! We had some ground turkey that we had just bought, so, we figured we would bring it with us.

My daughter offered to make us dinner, (lucky us)! I asked what was on the menu. Well, she said she had a great recipe for turkey meatloaf. I hadn’t ever had turkey meatloaf. After she described how she makes it, my husband and I both agreed that it sounded fabulous!

Ingredients, (try to use organics whenever you can)

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 chicken egg, (either white or brown)
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 cup rice milk, (you can use cows milk if it is your preference)
  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup, (used as a topping)

~ or depending on the variation of topping you want;

  • 1 cup of applesauce
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon of hot mustard
Here are most of the ingredients that were used that evening for the meatloaf. The only things missing was some olive oil for sautéing the onion and the topping ingredient.

Now that you have collected your ingredients, preheat your oven on bake at 375°F, (190°C).

Dice the Onion

Rinse the exterior of your onion. Pat it dry, put it on a cutting board and get out your sharp vegetable cutting knife.

If you find you cry a lot when you cut an onion, it is likely due the fact that your knife isn’t sharp enough. A knife that isn’t sharp enough for the job, may cut the onion, but it also compresses the onion’s flesh. The action of pressing the flesh of an onion, releases gases that make your tear ducts respond with tears.
A sharp knife cuts through the flesh of an onion without compressing the flesh.
My daughter loves this Apogee chef’s knife for slicing and dicing all her vegetables.

Cut off the top section of the onion, (just under where the stem would have grown). Slice the onion in half, from the top to the root, (make sure to leave the root on the bottom of each half). Remove the outer, yellow peel.

The root is left on the bottom of each half of the onion, to help hold the onion together during slicing and dicing.

Slice the onion with the tip of the knife pointing towards the onion root following the onions natural lines, (don’t slice through the root, as it helps to hold the onion together for the next step which is dicing).

Dice the onion by slicing across the onion, (the root will be to the left or the right of the blade). Once the onion is diced, discard the root end.

Wow, that is so easy when leaving the root on the bottom.

Sauté the Onion and Garlic Together

Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a frying pan. Turn the burner to medium heat. Once the oil is warm, add all of the diced onion.

The onion will begin to brown. Add 2 tablespoons of minced garlic.

Uh oh!!! Where is her tablespoon???
If you want a recipe to come out the same every time, always use the recommended measuring device.

Sauté the onion and the garlic together, stirring frequently. They should look slightly translucent and brown when done. Once the onion and garlic are browned, turn off the burner and remove pan from the heat.

Mix Your Ingredients and Form a Loaf

Use a large mixing bowl, to mix all of your ingredients.

My daughter has a large ceramic mixing bowl. Ceramic, glass, Pyrex, plastic, any of these bowl materials, will work for mixing the meatloaf ingredients.

Put 2 pounds of ground turkey in the mixing bowl.

Raw ground turkey in the bowl.

Add the sautéed onion and garlic, into the bowl of ground turkey.

See how the sautéed onion and garlic look? They are perfectly sautéed.

Add 1 raw chicken egg, (either white or brown, your choice).

Hold it!!!!! Don’t put the shell in too!!!!!
You experienced cooks shouldn’t laugh. Some of my readers might be 1st time cooks.
Remember, you were a 1st time cook at one point too. I bet you have some funny memories of things you did, through lack of experience or lack of good directions.

Add the white and yolk in the bowl, then discard the shell.

Add 2 cup of oats.

Any brand of oats will work, just don’t use instant oats that come with added flavors.

Add 1 cup rice milk.

Rice milk is great, especially if you have an intolerance to dairy.
If you want, you can use cows milk, but the flavor of the finished meatloaf will be different from this recipe.

Add 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.

Add ¾ teaspoon of Thyme.

If you want a flavor more reminiscent of Thanksgiving, add 1 teaspoon of Thyme to your meatloaf.

Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper.

Now, mix all of the ingredients in the bowl, (but don’t overmix the ingredients). You can use a spoon to mix everything, or you may just want to use your clean hands to do the mixing.

Put the meatloaf in a large, open top, baking dish and form it into a loaf shape.

The dish used here is a Pyrex brand baking dish.

Bake the Turkey Meatloaf

Put the dish with the loaf into the oven and close the door. Bake this way for 25 minutes, then add 1 cup of ketchup to the top of the loaf.

~There is a variation to the topping used. If you would like, instead of ketchup, you could mix 1 cup of applesauce and 1⁄2 tablespoon of hot mustard and put that on top of the loaf.

Bake another 20 minutes, then check the loaf’s temperature.

A temperature thermometer should be placed in the center of the loaf, (but be careful that you do not touch the tip of the thermometer to the glass cooking dish, as you will likely get an incorrect temperature reading).

The finished loaf should be a minimum of 165°F, (74°C), (a finished loaf should not look pink anywhere inside).

Now, cut the loaf, put a slice on a plate, and add whatever sides you would like. Dinner is served.

See the ketchup toping on the slice of turkey meatloaf? If you didn’t do so already, you might want to try the topping variation, (applesauce and hot mustard).

A meal always seems to taste better, when it is presented nicely. Any leftover turkey meatloaf makes for great sandwiches the next day.

The stemware is Cristal D”Arques, of France and the cut pattern is called Longchamp.
The plate that was used is Noritake brand Stoneware. The pattern is called Running Free.
This dishware is safe for use in the oven, dishwasher and the microwave.

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One thought on “My Daughter’s Turkey Meatloaf

  1. This looks and sounds very good, I will definitely pick up some turkey this week to try it. Your directions are very easy the follow. Great job with both pictures and also teaching about a sharp knife usage on onions. Thanks for a new idea!👩🏼‍🍳

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