McCormick Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf

Meatloaf is one of those wonderful comfort foods that comes in all styles and flavors. It's perfect for feeding a family ... so dense, so filling. And it makes one killer leftover sandwich on the next day.

I've mentioned before how much I love ground turkey for lightening up everything from tacos to meatballs. Well, I also make a pretty mean turkey meatloaf.

In fact, I'm pretty sure this recipe is partly why Mr. McC stays married to me:)

So here is our McCormick Meatloaf. We like it. Thought you might too!

McCormick Meatloaf

The key to using turkey is to add flavor wherever you can. I adapted my recipe below from the classic Better Homes & Gardens meatloaf, but I use barbecue sauce instead of ketchup or milk. Mmmm.

Side note: I make this recipe from scratch and without a recipe, so what's below are approximations. If you need a bit more crumbs, a bit less sauce, prefer a few less herbs, that's ok.

Ingredients

1 pound ground turkey
1 large egg, beaten
1/3 cup favorite barbecue sauce, plus 1/3 cup for topping*
2/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs or 2 cups soft bread crumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 pieces sandwich bread, optional

*We love spicy barbecue sauce rather than sweet, but go with your tastes.

To make

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl combine egg, sauce, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, parsley, salt, basil, oregano, and pepper. Add ground meat and use hands to mix lightly.

Lightly pat mixture into a well greased loaf pan.

Optional step: My grandmother lined the bottom of the pan with sandwich bread to soak up the grease. I still do this.

Bake for one hour, then top with additional 1/3 cup of barbecue sauce. Bake for an additional 15 minutes to let sauce carmelize.

Let stand for at least 5 minutes before cutting into slices. Remove bread from slices before serving.

Let me know how you like it!

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