Sunday, August 9, 2009


Source: The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Meatloaf is comfort food at its best. It's actually been a long time since I've had meatloaf, and I've never made it with ground turkey, either! I found the result very tasty, but also DRY. I halved this recipe, and left it in the oven for the full amount of time. When I checked, it was about 15 - 20 degrees over the 160 mark, which probably accounts for its dryness. I loved the actual taste of it, so just make a note to check the temperature within the last half hour of cooking.

Half of this recipe was plenty to feed 4 people, we have leftovers spilling out of our fridge!

Turkey Meatloaf

3 cups chopped yellow onions (2 large onions)
2 tablespoons good olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried)
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
5 pounds ground turkey breast
1 1/2 cups plain dry bread crumbs
3 extra-large eggs, beaten
3/4 cup ketchup

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

1. In a medium saute pan, over medium-low heat, cook the onions, olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme until translucent, but not browned, approximately 15 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste and mix well. Allow to cool to room temperature.

3. Combine the ground turkey, bread crumbs, eggs, and onion mixture in a large bowl. Mix well and shape into a rectangular loaf on an ungreased sheet pan. Spread the ketchup evenly on top. Bake for 1 1/2 hours until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F. and the meatloaf is cooked through. (A pan of hot water in the oven under the meatloaf will keep the top from cracking.) Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold in a sandwich.

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