Meatloaf is one of those things I wonder how it was ever created. If I was ignorant of this magnificent comfort food’s existence, I would not want to hear the words ‘meat’ and ‘loaf’ combined into one. I suppose I could use the GoogleBox to figure out how it was created, but I’m sure the true story is a lot more boring than what I imagine it to be.
Either way, meatloaf is amazing… true story. What is not amazing is the insane amount of calories and fat you find inside of a normal meatloaf (wrapped in bacon?). So, the search was on for a recipe that would produce a healthier meatloaf.
The Barefoot Contessa provides a recipe for a turkey meatloaf that comes out moist and full of flavor (with relatively few ingredients). My one gripe with this recipe… 5 pounds of ground turkey?! That beast of a meatloaf would fill a whole baking sheet… I cut it in half and made a few other changes, but overall I was satisfied.
Following directions, I cooked the onions in olive oil with salt, pepper, thyme, and garlic. I then added Worcestershire sauce (I hate typing that word), chicken stock, tomato paste, and hot sauce… mixed it up and let it cool.
Once cooled, I combined the ground turkey, eggs, bread crumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, and the above mixture. I then shaped it into a loaf and cooked it in the oven for a long, long time.
I was pleased with the outcome… but I had to fight my urge to wrap this sucker in bacon before I threw it in the oven.
The only thing missing in this turkey meatloaf is all of the extra calories and fat… although I’m sure you can find a way (bacon) to add them back in if you so desire.