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!
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.
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.
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!