Turkey Meatloaf


Turkey Meatloaf:

I love moist and healthy turkey meatloaf.  I’m craving comfort food bad!  Last week was an emotional week for me.

My housekeeper of 7 years decided she wanted to retire to take care of her grandchildren and my daughter’s kindergarten teacher quit…and I’m the room mom etc.,etc., etc.  In the scope of things, this ain’t nothing but sometimes you’re not ready for change.  But, change is always ready for you!  So that’s why I need my comfort food and a glass of wine!  My turkey meatloaf always makes me feel secure and good.  Is that sick?

I’m open to all positive changes!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs 1/4 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped red or green bell pepper 1 large egg 1/4 cup ketchup 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 teaspoons seasoning salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

Make sure the oven rack is in the center position and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Wash your hands and place the turkey in a large mixing bowl. Add the onion, bread crumbs, celery, bell pepper, egg, 1 tablespoon of the ketchup, the garlic, seasoning salt, and ground pepper, and mix with your hands until the ingredients are well incorporated.

Transfer the turkey mixture to a 1-pound loaf pan and use your hands to form it into a loaf shape. Wash your hands really well with warm, soapy water before proceeding.

Pour the remaining 3 tablespoons of ketchup on the turkey and smear evenly over the top with the back of a spoon.  Bake until brown on top, cooked through, and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reaches 165 degrees F, about 45 to 50 minutes.

Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the loaf from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Photo by: Michael Brian Photography

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