My boyfriend is half Polish. As the days go by, we get to know each other more and more. One thing that I learned was when he said his diet consisted of meat and potatoes, he wasn’t exaggerating. My diet, in my opinion, is pretty balanced. I like everything. I eat everything. I eat it often. But when my boyfriend thinks dinner, he thinks literally MEAT and a POTATO.
One of his more recent dinners was a favorite of his. Meatloaf and french fries. With that on my mind I tried to remember the last time I made meatloaf. It had been quite a while ago. And when I threw the family pack of ground turkey into my cart, Turkey Meatloaf was on the menu.
Personally, I am not a fan of your standard meatloaf. Mostly because it has ketchup in it. I don’t know what ketchup did to me personally but it offends me in such a way that I turn my nose up at most meatloaves… except my mother’s.
Mom’s Turkey Meatloaf (serves 6-8 ppl)
2 lbs lean ground turkey
1 medium onion, diced
1 packet onion soup mix
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan Cheese
salt (I eye ball it)
Preheat the oven to 375*. In a big bowl with clean hands, fold the ingredients in until it is all well combined.
In a baking dish prepared with cooking spray, or a non stick baking dish (I used a 9x 13), form the ground turkey into a loaf. I sprayed the loaf with more cooking spray and put it in the oven uncovered for 70 minutes.
It is done when a meat thermometer reads between 140* and 150*. Take it out and allow it to rest. If you are thinking “ITS NOT DONE YET!”, Have no worries as it is still cooking as the meatloaf is cooling down. This will ensure the meatloaf is cooked but still moist. Dry meatloaf is a SIN.
The boyfriend heard there was meatloaf in the oven and came right over. I was sure to prepare some mashed potatoes to go along with the meatloaf as well as some steamed broccoli.
It was the boys first time having a turkey meatloaf and he really didn’t seem to notice the difference….it helped that I added some brown gravy to it.
Such a hearty and delicious meal… but definitely balance it out with some greens!