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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Put 2 pounds of ground turkey in the mixing bowl.
Add the sautéed onion and garlic, into the bowl of ground turkey.
Add 1 raw chicken egg, (either white or brown, your choice).
Add the white and yolk in the bowl, then discard the shell.
Add 2 cup of oats.
Add 1 cup rice milk.
Add 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.
Add ¾ teaspoon of Thyme.
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.
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.
A meal always seems to taste better, when it is presented nicely. Any leftover turkey meatloaf makes for great sandwiches the next day.