Ground turkey is an excellent substitute for ground beef in many meatloaf and meatball recipes. A thick slice of turkey meatloaf has about the same number of calories as a thin serving of traditional meatloaf with less fat and cholesterol. Frozen turkey meatloaf is expensive and loaded with salt and preservatives.
Try these delicious and easily made recipes to make turkey meatloaf for your family. It’s easy to make and you have the satisfaction of knowing exactly what is in it-not a ton of salt and preservatives that your family shouldn’t be eating. Here is a little interesting meatloaf history and two tasty turkey meatloaf recipes with step by step cooking instructions. It is a culinary change of pace your family will love.
Recipe for Turkey Meatloaf
This recipe is a healthier alternative to ground beef meatloaf. It’s made using ground turkey, bread crumbs and fresh herbs for a delicious savory taste.
Here are the needed ingredients:
· 2 packages of ground turkey
· ½ cup minced onion
· 2 tsp minced garlic
· ¼ cup olive oil
· 2 T Worcestershire sauce
· 2 T rosemary
· ½ tsp dry sage
· 2 eggs
· ½ tsp cayenne pepper sauce
· 2 cups whole wheat bread crumbs
1. Place completely thawed ground turkey into a large bowl.
2. Put the olive oil, herbs and Worcestershire sauce into your food processor or blender and pulse 3-4 times to mix.
3. Add the oil herb mix to the meat.
4. Beat the eggs lightly in a small bowl and add the cayenne pepper sauce to them. Pour the beaten egg over the meat.
5. Add the bread crumbs and mix the ingredients thoroughly.
6. Grease a Pyrex or metal loaf pan with non-stick food spray. ( I won’t lie-I love to use Pam)
7. Shape turkey mixture into a loaf and place into loaf pan
8. Bake at 350F for 45-60 minutes ( Oven cook times vary, just be sure to cook it until it reaches an internal temp of 165F
I have omitted the glaze I usually put on top in order to keep the recipe lower in calories. If you like (as I do) you can pour the following mixture on top before baking. It gives the meatloaf a nice flavor and helps keep in moisture.
· ½ cup catsup
· 2 T mustard
· 2 T honey
· ½ tsp liquid smoke
Mix the ingredients together and spread across top of meatloaf before baking. It tastes great!
Recipe for Turkey Meatloaf with Pork Sausage
This next recipe totally defeats the purpose of using turkey instead of beef but tastes really good and is quick to make. I hope you like it as much as we do.
You will need:
- one package of ground turkey
- one package of Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage
- one package McCormick meatloaf spice
- 2 eggs beaten
Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly. Shape into a loaf and place into a Pyrex loaf pan. Top the loaf with honey hickory or mesquite BBQ sauce and bake approximately 50 minutes at 350F. When done, the turkey meatloaf should have an internal temperature of 165F or higher.
This dish is something you can prep ahead of time and throw into the oven for a tasty quick dinner. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli it makes a really delicious and nutritious meal for your family to enjoy.
Helpful hints for frugal domestic gods and goddesses:
Don’t throw out any leftover turkey meatloaf. It makes a great meat for chili or spaghetti sauce the next day. You may have a problem having any leftovers to use. It makes great sandwiches also!
A Little Meatloaf History
Meatloaf is an entrée with ancient roots. The citizens of ancient Rome enjoyed a dish similar to meatloaf and the Germans, Belgians and Dutch made it a standard menu item. People in Austria and Germany often cooked meatloaf wrapped in bacon and put boiled eggs inside it.
Meatloaf became a popular dinner entrée in America during the Great Depression and World War II years. You could feed more people with less meat and still serve an appetizing meal by using fillers like bread crumbs or corn flakes to stretch the recipe.
The tasty meatloaf your grandma and mom served is a lot more expensive to make nowadays. The price of ground beef keeps going up and the fat content of beef makes meatloaf less attractive as an entrée. Turkey meatloaf tastes great and costs much less to make.