Like Meatloaf? Like Turkey? Try Making This Yummy Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf
Lisa picked up some ground turkey at the store the other day out of necessity. What did she do with it? She took a turkey meatloaf recipe and created this Yummy Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf.
While picking out meat at the grocery store the other day, I decided to get a package of ground turkey. Mostly because they were out of ground chicken, and I was thinking that I’d make a batch of buffalo chicken/turkey meatballs. Now, if you haven’t yet made Buffalo chicken meatballs, I highly encourage you to go on over HERE and make some for yourself. I usually bake mine in a mini-muffin tin rather than on a rack, but either way, it’s a nice simple recipe that gives great results. Now back to the turkey…
I started thinking about different things to do with the turkey to give us some variety, and went straight to Pinterest, of course, where I spent an inordinate (OMG!) amount of time perusing recipes. I’ve never been a huge fan of meatloaf, and I’ve certainly never met a turkey meatloaf that I thought was worth eating (dry, bland, eww). So when Inspired Tastes says that they’ve found the secret to tasty juicy turkey meatloaf, I was skeptical.
Rather than just dismissing them as filthy liars, I decided to actually give the recipe a chance. Holy cats, they know the secret to moist, tasty meatloaf for sure!
But that wasn’t enough… I was feeling creative. If you know me at all, that line should make you a little nervous and probably make you hear evil villain laughing in the background. Well, let me tell you, this evil genius hit the jackpot! I modified the recipe a bit, and stuffed it. Yes, STUFFED IT. Ahhhh!!!
This is the most yummy a turkey meatloaf can get. Seriously, just do this:
Yummy Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf
- 1 1/4lb ground turkey
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 garlic cloves
- 4 oz fresh mushrooms (up to 8 oz – I went with what I had on hand)
- 1/2 onion
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- Fresh spinach, a good handful
- shredded mozzarella cheese or pizza blend, a good handful
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Put the garlic, mushrooms, and onion into a food processer and chop them into tiny bits. Don’t worry if you still have a few chunks here and there. The chopped up mushrooms are what keeps the meatloaf so incredibly moist, and gives it good depth of flavor. Put the mixture into a big bowl and add remaining ingredients except for the spinach, cheese, and ketchup. Roll up your sleeves and mix everything together well. Get out a loaf pan and spray with non-stick spray or coat with olive oil. Put a little more than half of the meat mixture into the loaf pan, pressing it on the bottom and up the sides of the pan to create an indention in the center. Lay the spinach leaves into the space, followed by the cheese. Put the remaining meat mixture over the top of the cheese and even it out to seal in all the goodness. Take the ketchup bottle and squeeze out a good amount over the top (maybe 1/2 cup or more to suit your taste) and smooth it over the loaf. Bake at 400 for 50 minutes.
I served this with some parsley and garlic butter new potatoes, and a salad, but it would work equally well with a side of rice or noodles and/or steamed veg. I would love to show you just how amazing this looked, but photos were overruled by hunger. I’ll try next time… but no promises!
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