Saturday, January 10, 2009

It's What's For Dinner

I LOVE this turkey loaf and I'm not a big fan of meatloaf. The house smells so good while it's cooking. It's delicious and healthy. Most often I will 1/2 the recipe (usually done in 45 min.). I've used white onions and brown onions and find the brown cook better. I prefer the fat free (99%) ground turkey but the 97% also tends to work well.

Mom's Turkey Meatloaf
Recipe Credit: Copyright 2005 by Ellie Krieger

3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1 medium onion, peeled
2 lbs. ground turkey breast
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsps. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 tsp. salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce

Preheat over to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, stir together the oats and milk. Thinly slice 1/4 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 9x13 inch baking dish and shape into a loaf about 5 inches wide and 2 1/2 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 degrees F.

Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

Click here to view this recipe on the Food Network site which also includes a photo and nutrition information.