First , let me apologize for the image to your left. I’m sorry. I couldn’t resist. Second, meatloaf just doesn’t photograph well (As you can see from my traditional meatloaf recipe.) It’s meat, shaped like a loaf. Delicious, yes. Photogenic, no
T and I started a new “meal planning system” a few weeks ago. Select a weeks worth of recipes, buy groceries for those recipes, then prepare those recipes. What a novel idea! With few dining out exceptions, our plan is working great. And since most of the recipes are for 4 servings, we both get lunch the next day too!
I found this recipe about a year ago in Reader’s Digest . (Yes, I’m one of the few people under the age of 40 who actually subscribes to RD.) I don’t know why I haven’t made it before now because it is DELICIOUS! I think it’s actually better than a traditional beef meatloaf, and it doesn’t need ketchup!
1/2 cup plain, homemade breadcrumbs
1/4 – 1/2 cup additional homemade herb&percornio romano breadcrumbs (because I had some leftover in the fridge, and they’re tasty)
1/4 cup chopped sundried tomatoes (as mentioned before, I love the California Sun Dry brand)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup olive oil (+ about 2 teaspoons of oil from the tomatoes)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 – 1 1/4lbs ground turkey (depending on package size), preferably dark meat
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a large bowl, stir together bread crumbs, sundried tomatoes, garlic, eggs, feta, olive oil, salt, pepper, and herbs.
Add turkey, gentle mixing to combine (go on and get your hands in there for this step). Don’t over-do it.
Spray loaf pan and gentle pack-in meat.
Bake for 45 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165°.
Remove pan from oven and allow to loaf to rest for 5 minutes.
Slice and serve. (Serves 2… or 4 (if it lasts that long.)
Recipe source: adapted from Reader’s Digest, courtesy of Giada De Laurentis (can’t remember which issue)
Image Sources: Turkey – treehugger.com; Meatloaf – clip from opening credits of Rocky Horror Picture Show – 20th Century Fox “It’s just a jump to the left…”