Thursday, March 21, 2013

Turkey Loaf

If you're a meatloaf fan but would like a healthier choice with less calories why not try a turkey loaf. The following recipe has approximately 250 calories per slice and will feed 6-8 people.

I find that ground turkey has a slightly blander taste to it so I added pepper flakes to the mixture to add a bit of zip and spiciness to it. If you don't like spicy simply omit the pepper flakes.


Dinner is Ready


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of lean ground turkey
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove chopped
  • 1 Tsp. of pepper flakes
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 2 big pinches of thyme
  • 1 Tsp. of poultry seasoning or sage 
  • 4-5 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1 extra large egg gently beaten

Instructions
When it comes to safety I like to always check the internal temperature

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Spray a loaf pan with vegetable or olive oil (easier to clean when it's time to wash the dishes)
  3. In a large bowl combine the turkey, chopped onions, shallots, celery, and garlic.
  4. Add all the spices  along with the Worcestershire sauce, and bread crumbs.
  5. Add the beaten egg.
  6. You can use a large spoon to mix everything together, but I find that using my hands to do this is just as easy. 
  7. Transfer into the prepared loaf pan, and pop it into the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Check with a meat thermometer if you like. The turkey loaf should have an internal temperature of 165 - 170.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before slicing.
  9. Serve and ENJOY!
I served the turkey loaf with fresh asparagus and a baby spinach salad.


I've always wanted a meatloaf pan that I could use to lift the loaf out of the pan, and I think I've found one that I think would work quite well.
This pan called the Perfect Meatloaf Pan will drains the fat, cooks the meat evenly, and keeps it together.
Available at Amazon.com


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.



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