For my mother’s birthday years ago, okay like two years ago, I gave her Ellie Kriger’s The Food You Crave recipe book and she’s only made one recipe since. She tried making her Turkey Meatloaf and her Smashed Potatoes with Sour Cream & Chives. Well, it wasn’t a hit for her, but it was for me! So, ladies & gents… meatloaf is what’s for dinner tonight.
From Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave
Makes 8 (1 inch thick) slices
- ¾ cup quick-cooking oats
- ½ cup skim milk
- 1 medium onion, peeled
- 2 pounds ground turkey breast
- ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup ketchup
- ½ tsp salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a small bowl, stir together the oats and milk. Thinly slice ¼ of the onion and set aside. Finely chop the remaining onion. In a large bowl combine the turkey, oat mixture, chopped onion, bell pepper, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt and a few grinds of pepper. Mix just until well combined.
Transfer the mixture to a 9 x13 inch baking dish and shape into a loaf about 5 inches wide and 2 ½ inches high. Pour the tomato sauce over the meatloaf and sprinkle with the sliced onions. Bake for about 1 hour or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160°F.
Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 to15 minutes before slicing.
If you read some of the reviews on the Food Network website, a lot of them said that the consistency wasn’t where it should have been, so like most, I added more oats. Actually, I added about a cup to get it to where I wanted…or so I thought. The meatloaf was still a bit mushy after I took it out of the oven. I even kept it in the oven an extra 15 minutes. I wonder if it has anything to do with it being lean turkey. Maybe I just need to tweak the recipe a bit more. Flavor was great though! :)
Oh, and I’m not sure if you saw on Twitter, but I’m hosting my blog. I haven’t prettied it up or anything, so I’ll post the link when it’s ready. And if you have any ideas for my blog, seriously, let me know. I want to write about things other than recipes!